CD 166: Investigating the underwater avalanches offshore Morocco


Daily diary

Wednesday November 3rd 2004

Aggie and Marga write:

"Last night we had a scientific meeting, where Russell informed us of the planned work for our second working area, and then early this morning we reached the first coring station. Shortly before arriving all the geophysical instruments were switched on. When the first core came on deck and was split open Russell was very excited. “Excellent quality” is what he said, “beautiful turbidites, beautiful structures!”. It’s amazing what makes scientists happy, but this is what we came here for and it’s a great feeling when you get the results you wanted! Everyone’s so enthusiastic that although the 2am-2pm shift should be in bed now getting rested we don’t seem willing to leave the lab!

In the meantime everyone is wondering what’s happening with the American elections and we’re waiting for our emails to come through (the connection to the email server is only switched on twice a day), or for the captain to be notified of something..."


Russell writes:

"An excellent day today with a brilliant first core from the Agadir Project work area. The core penetrated the seafloor to a depth of 8 m, giving us a record going back nearly 200,000 years. Just to cap off the day, a turtle passed by the ship while we were steaming to our next core station! By tomorrow morning we hope to have collected three more cores, so everyone is geared up for a long night..."

Last night’s scientific meeting

Russell drooling over his newly collected core

The  SVP probe (Sound Velocity Profiler). It’s used to obtain a profile of the speed of sound through the water column and calibrates the bathymetry data, as the water depth measurement is affected by the properties of the water.

Left: Sünje pointing at the turbidite she will be studying as part of her MSc project

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