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09/06/2011, 10:35 PM by Lollie Garay
A surprising green spot in the plume.<br/><br/>Credit: Tish Yager
A surprising green spot in the plume.
Photo Credit: Tish Yager

 

09-06-11

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If everything went as planned today, the science team should be steaming towards the next station on their planned track. 

Chief Scientist Tish Yager sent a new image of the plume with this note:

“Here are ocean images of the plume from a satellite.   You can compare this to the one we based the cruise track on (see images).  The original one is what we call a "climatology" which means an average over many years.  What you can see on the new image is this week's ocean color.  There's a big green spot of ocean color in the area of the plume we sampled last May-June, but didn't expect to see here at this time. “  Question is: why is it there?

By the way, if you’ve posted a question on “Send Us a Message” and have not received a response, it’s due to technical problems being worked out as we speak. It should be back on line soon!

More news as it happens ☺

Lollie

 

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