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CD 166: Exploring underwater avalanches offshore Morocco


 


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Activities on deck


Russell gets wet!

How many scientists does it take to remove a core?

Micha photographs the cores

 

Jez setting up the corer

Anxious moments as the
core is pulled out -
will the winch take the strain?

Scientists gather in the lab for a pow-wow

 

Russell drools over the first
core from the Agadir Basin

Suenje points out the turbidite
she'll be working on for her
MSc project

The Sound Velocity Profiler probe - this instrument measures the speed of sound through water, which changes with depth

 

Adriano and Christine examine
the seismic data

Aggie plotting out the channel on paper

Dave creating fireworks on
Guy Fawkes night

 

The corer being lowered
into the sea

Coring team split the cores into
1.5m lengths

The end of this core shows fossilised
worm burrows in the sediment

 

Once the cores are split, they are
photographed - which is what
Christine is doing here

All work and no play makes the team very
tired indeed - especially at 2am!

 

Science team meeting in the lab

Sunje and Christine taking
samples for X-ray analysis

Coring continues - even in the rain!
(Nice gear, Aggie!)

 

Andrey using the core cutter

The team enjoy the sunshine
after several days' bad weather

The megacorer - brought back on deck in the early hours of the morning

 

Sub-sampling from the megacorer
- a delicate operation

Landscape view of the working deck area

 

Swinging the core into
position on the deck...

...where the team are waiting
to cut it into pieces

This brightly coloured mud has reacted with seawater on its way to the surface, and has developed a rusty outer coating

 

From the Darwin, with love...

A mountain of cores...someone's going to be very busy for a while!

 

Where's everyone gone?


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