JC24: Dating volcanoes on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge


Cruise diary

Tuesday 17 June 2008

Today was a very busy day as far as dives were concerned. Having reached our payload limit by late last night we still had a third of the dive track to complete, so we decided to recover Isis and relaunch, allowing us to collect more samples on the final section of the track. Isis was recovered at 01:07 this morning.

The turn around was very quick and (as we were launching in the area we had just recovered from) we had no transit time, so Isis was back in the water and on the way to the bottom within a few hours.

As this dive (dive 90) was very short it was completed in just over 12 hours and Isis was back up on deck at 17:22. Luckily Roger, Bram and Maurice had already planned dive 91, a survey dive over the southeast section of the AVR, and this was launched this evening. This dive should take 36 hours and is due to finish on the 19th.

From Left: Tim, Chris W, Pedro and Bram describing samples.

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