We Blogged It!
The ANACONDAS Team is poised to set sail aboard the RV Melville at the beginning of September. Chief Scientist Tish Yager and a team of scientists were in California earlier this month loading cargo and equipment for the month-long Amazon Plume cruise. The science team will meet the ship in Barbados once again. Most of the team members were on the first cruise in May of 2010, but there are new team members as well! You’ll meet them all throughout the cruise as we follow their adventures.
The position/location of the plume has changed since the May expedition and will give the scientists new information about its dynamics. As before, the research will focus on the chemistry, geology, biology and physical nature of the intriguing plume that enters the Mid Atlantic from the Amazon River.
The RV Melville is named after pioneer Arctic explorer Henry Wallace Melville. The 84.7m (278 ft.) long vessel is managed by the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, a division of the University of California, San Diego. Interestingly it’s also the sister ship of the RV Knorr, the vessel we used last year for the expedition to the plume.
School commitments prevent me from being onboard this time, but I’ll continue to manage the blog through the eyes and ears of Adriane Colburn (Assistant Professor of Art) and Michael Oliveri (Professor of Art) both from the Lamar Dodd School of Art at UGA. Adriane will be onboard for the first half of the cruise, and then Michael joins the crew during the mid-voyage port call.
YOU can join the cruise by following the blog and posting your thoughts on the “Ask a question” section!
Also, we’ve added a new “EDUCATORS” section to this site. Click on the Educators button at the top of the webpage- we’ll be adding resources throughout the voyage ☺
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.