Monday, July 19, 2010

The Langseth: A moving laboratory

Most science experiments are conducted in stationary laboratories. These experiments in most cases are controlled, and the relevant apparatus is managed in a permanent physical space. Unlike these experiments, the ongoing seismic research survey will be conducted by the Langseth - a moving laboratory.

The ship will be in motion the entire time, sailing towards the Shatsky Rise in order to obtain magnetic, gravity, bathymetry and seismic data. Even now, as the ship sails towards the Shatsky, still 8-9 days away, the Langseth is steadily obtaining sea floor bathymetry, gravity and magnetic data. The science party on board logs these data ever so often. The Laboratory, always moving, is always operational.

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