We Blogged It!
August 9, 2012
At this writing, the US team prepares to offload samples from the Atlantis in Massachusetts, the Brazilian Team has weathered Tropical Storm Ernesto and arrived home safely, and the RioROCA Team has completed their river sampling.
Jeff Richey sent this message on the 7th:
“Greetings all-Team RioROCA returned last night from the Leg 3 Santarem circuit (Obidos, Lago Grande de Curuai, Rio Tapajos). 100%. All smooth…..”
“And that is, as they say, a wrap- a poignant moment, to the finality of the RioROCA sampling. “
Chief Tish replies: “Thanks Jeff! And thanks to the entire river team. Congratulations! What a truly remarkable sampling effort.”
“So - we now conclude the field component of ANACONDAS/ROCA. Thanks to everyone for the dedication, flexibility, compassion, and hard work in making this extraordinary data set possible. I'm so excited to dig in and figure out what we have learned about this magnificent ecosystem! I look forward to working with all of you as the puzzle pieces start fitting together.”
While the fieldwork is over, the lab work begins. Each team member holds a piece of this Plume Puzzle. In the months to come, data will be analyzed and each piece will offer up clues to deciphering the story of the Amazon Plume… and no doubt raise new questions to investigate!
Thanks again to Brian Zielinski for sharing his photos of the river team at work, and to all of you who followed this journey!
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.