CD 166: Investigating the underwater avalanches offshore Morocco


Daily diary

Friday November 5th 2004

Aggie writes:

"It seems that by now everyone is getting really obsessed with the football table - at the same time everyone is getting better and better, and following Micha’s example we’re all getting blisters on our hands! The movement of the ship combined with some forceful hitting of the ball creates a crazy (and sometimes hazardous) combination...

The movement of the ship makes a lot of everyday things challenging, like showering for instance. Try using only one hand to wash your hair (especially if your hair is long), while the other one is holding on to something so you don’t hit yourself against the wall all the time, or worse shooting sideways right out of the shower curtain. At the same time try to catch the water falling from the shower head and place your head right under’s not very easy! And walking up and down steep stairs feels like someone is grabbing your shoulders and pushing them down, and then without any warning suddenly releasing the pressure and lifting you off your feet! But one of my favourite things is getting dressed. Put one leg in and then try to put in the other - it would be a mistake to do that standing up, you should definitely sit on the floor, otherwise you will end up there anyway!"


Russell writes:

"We’ve now finished our geophysical survey and we successfully mapped out the channel at the western end of the Agadir Basin, at 4.5 km water depth. The channel didn’t have a name but now we’ve called it the Madeira Channel, as Madeira is just 75 km to the north of us. The channel is about 15 m deep and runs alongside some giant submarine seamounts. In the next twenty four hours we will be collecting cores from the channel floor, to look for evidence of recent underwater avalanches passing this way. The only significant wildlife seen today was two Skylarks, probably blown off course by the steady NE breeze we have at the moment."

Aggie marking the boundaries of the Madeira Channel.

Adriano looking at the seismic
record from the channel.
Christine is helping him.

We have to make our own fireworks
display on the ship! Here is Dave’s
contribution to Guy Fawkes night.
Penny for the guy...?


Bryan and Russ getting “hungry”  for the data. What do they look like?

Neil, Andrey, Adriano and Bryan having diner

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