first time on a cruise // afraid of seasickness – feel drunk, although alcohol is forbidden // wow, the moon is moving, oh, wait a moment, it’s the ship // sun is shining, sea is calm // feeling great.
suffering from jetlag – waking up at 3 am – day shift begins at 5 am // box core deploying – operating the a-frame – yeah! big machines // always wear lifewest and hardhat! // waiting – depth: 253 m, 254 m, 255 m – waiting // „Hey, how are you? What’s your name again?“ Nice guys everywhere // preparing piston core: writing with „mark-a-lot“ on plastic pipes the section numbers // waiting – depth 530 m // box core is coming up again – wating… – operating a-frame // box core is on the ship again – playing in the mud – terrible smell – where you smell H2S you can expect pyrite – good // measuring pH in different depths – writing down date, time, coordinates and corename – preparing destillated water to calibrate // sediment sampling: use vakuum pump to preserve sediment layers // Sing (all): „Oh this wonderfuuuul muuuud!“
inside 7.30 am // having great american breakfast – never eaten so many eggs before // looking what the others are doing in the lab // WOW! Didn’t like bacterial mats very much until looking at it through mikroskope – discovering a new universe! Wow, just … Wow // Greg is taking pictures of the bacteria – have now a new screensaver for my laptop // Think of an advertising: The biggest moments in live are when you feel the smallest // feel small.
outside 10 am // don’t forget coffee – miss italian espresso // feeling awake eventually // deploying piston core // 18 meter coring – earth history since Last Glacial Maximum (LGM) – excited // lunch 11.30 am – tastes good, for vegetarians as well – veggie hot-dogs!!! Thanks to Marc the chef // always good to know the cook.
afternoon // kasten core // sedimentprofiles are like a history book, but in general there are some pages missing due to erosion or bioturbation and it is impossible to figure out what happend // in this kasten core there is nearly no page missing // can count layers almost like treerings // looking at this 2 m long kasten core, imagine 2000 years of history and feeling small again.
what a wonderful experience it is to be on this cruise // I’ve learnt a lot and met so many nice people // american scientists are beautiful, „southern californian scientists are the most beautiful“ (NORRIS et al. 2010).
// and, never trust a german on a cruise: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rg0fmaCSDPg