At sea for 3 days. Work level on board continues at a feverish rate, and geologists during the day are running around the deck like ants (it is understood that I’m an absolute fan of ants, and this in no means is an attempt to lessen their work). That was important to explain. Researchers and crew have been preparing the piston core for two days now. It has been explain to me this is one of the most dangerous sampling techniques on this cruise. Safety was apparent as the piston core was being deployed. I was made aware of this when the resident technician mentioned the tension on the wire was so strong as it moved out of the sediment 200m below, that it would cut a person in half if it were to break. Therefore, staying within a safe distance was relatively important. I listen when I hear things like that.
With the sediment collected by the research teams they will be able to look back close to 10,000 years into earths history. From the samples they hope to uncover clues to changes that have taken place. From climate changes to magnetic field changes on earth. Some scientists are interested in isolating DNA from the sample, still others hope to extract fish scales and teeth to calculate population numbers. Those numbers will allow them to look back thousands of years to how many of a particular species (like sardines) was living at the time. That’s a powerful ability!
It will exciting to see the research that’s going to be happening during the night watch (5pm-5am). I will be switching to that time schedule starting on Wednesday. In the mean time I’ve had a great time helping with the daily video capture and editing process. I have to admit, it’s much easier talking to a group of high school students, than it is talking to one camera.
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