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Lat/Long: 12.27N 052.20W
Surface Temp: 23.02C
The Word is Given!
We’ve completed our last station and the word’s been giving: Set the course for Barbados!
The last 2 days have been like a marathon with all the final science operations underway. Everyone was sampling and processing ‘round the clock again with the urgency that the end of the cruise brings.
Joe Montoya added the last bag of styrofoam goodies to the sediment corer for compression after we missed a chance on the last CTD cast. We didn’t know if it would work, but it did!
I also put the underwater camera in for the last time. Strong currents had prevented me from doing so lately. COMM/ET Dave and I deployed it about 2pm, not expecting too much in the way of action. However, as soon as it was in we had the best images we’ve seen all month! (see video clip coming soon). Thanks again to Peter (Schilling Robotics) for making this happen!
Aside from a few showers off and on, the weather and seas have been calm. By early afternoon all operations (except for the underway sampling) were complete. High fives were shared and by dinner time, some of the cleaning and packing had already begun.
The MOCNESS was disassembled and washed on deck, as was the sediment corer.
The only inconvenience we’ve had today was the interruption of internet capabilities. World Cup radio broadcasts have been big for all the soccer fans onboard who’ve been following the games. BUT, the AC is working!
Early tomorrow we empty the van of boxes again to re-pack equipment. We’re due into Barbados early Thursday.
Question of the Day
- Do the bacteria in the water make us sick?
Only a few of them. Bacteria are in every habitat on Earth, growing in soil, hot springs, radioactive waste, water, as well as in organic matter and the live bodies of plants and animals. Bacteria recycle nutrients, with many steps in nutrient cycles depending on these organisms, such as nitrogen fixation.