Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Nearly on site

Ship travel is the way of the tortoise. Slow and steady. Each day we are a couple degrees latitude closer to our destination - the enormous Shatsky Rise. I notice the days lengthening as we move North. Our responsibilities have been minimal until now, but tomorrow evening we begin deploying the streamer, and things should become very busy. I enjoy refining the resolution of the Knudsen, a crude seismic-like sounding device that can image a few tens of meters of sediment at the seafloor. However, the ship also provides a good environment to be productive in writing up my own research. The deep blue of the endless expanse of water is mesmerizing. I sometimes join the wildlife watchers in searching the expanse for signs of life, wondering what lurks beneath the metallic blue sheen. 

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