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The Chief Scientist reflects

07/14/2010, 10:58 AM by Patricia Yager
The complete expedition<br/><br/>Credit: P. Yager
The complete expedition
Photo Credit: P. Yager

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is a map of our final cruise track.

Wow  - we accomplished a lot!  Not every day was easy or straightforward, but this team got the job done.  I'm very proud of this team of dedicated, innovative, and flexible (!) scientists.  I'm also very pleased to report that our injured team member is doing well.

A brief summary of the expedition:

     32 days at sea

     More than 4500 miles traveled (about 4000 nautical miles!)

     27 stations

     117 CTD casts (28,000 liters of seawater = 7400 gallons!)

     26 MOCNESS tows (8 nets each!)

     24 Multicore drops (73 cores processed)

     5 sediment trap deployments

     Lowest surface salinity observed (Station 14) = 16.31

     Highest surface salinity observed (Station 27) = 36.04

     Shallowest station (Station 10) = 60 m

     Deepest station (Station 27) = 5045 m

So now we begin the hard work of turning samples into data and data into understanding.  Stay tuned!

Thanks to everyone who has sent us messages and good wishes.  This website is still very much a work in progress.  

Best wishes, Tish

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