JC36: Geology & biology of the Whittard Canyon


Cruise diary

7 July 2009
Location: NE Atlantic

Bridgette writes:

One of the first things that struck me when I came onboard the RRS James Cook was how international the team of scientists is.  There are members of the team from England, Scotland, Ireland, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Belgium and America.  With such a variety of cultures and backgrounds on board there is the opportunity to celebrate lots of different national holidays, the 4th of July being no exception!  As one of the two Americans onboard, I was pretty excited to hear that we were having an American themed day on the 4th including all of the Independence day classics like hamburgers, hotdogs, ribs and chilli! Everybody was wishing each other a happy 4th of July and the captain even let us take some pictures with the American flag onboard!  All in all it was quite a fun change in the daily routine and it really made me appreciate how much everyone on board is willing and eager to learn about their colleague’s backgrounds.  Who knew that deep-sea research could provide such a cultural education?!

Since our 4th of July celebrations we have received the go-ahead on the winches and gotten the team back together again, and now it is time to get back down to business!  At 4:00am this morning we arrived back at the canyon and set off to deploy the experiments which the biologists on-board have constructed.  Once they’re on the sea bed we will send the ROV down to collect the samples and start the experiments!  Now that we have the winch back working we’ll also be getting down to a lot of piston and mega coring.  I think it is safe to say that everyone on board is quite excited to start getting their hands dirty again!

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