October 1, 2010
I thinkthe week is coming to an end. there are several ways in which I know this.
1. All of my clothes have mud on them. (That’s as straight forward as its sounds) I’m running out of clothes, as I wasn’t expecting the cool temperatures we’ve experienced at sea.
2. The researchers are reaching the data saturation point. Many have relaxed, and the stressful running around seems to have slowed up a bit. Most researchers are now beginning to sort through a lot of information this cruise has provided. The geologists have all the sediment packed up in anything that will hold mud. Including the buckets that don’t belong to them. Trust me, they heard about it. It has been a source of comic relief for several days. It even has inspired a sort of apology song and dance performance from the geologists. Although I didn’t observe it directly, I’ve heard from those who did. I’m sure it will be on youtube soon enough. I suppose they could fill their pockets with sediment.
3. My camera memory card is filled. I’ve taken over 400 shots. I myself have come to data saturation. The collection of shots I’ve taken hopefully can bring the experience alive to my students and my memory. I can’t wait to share the experience .
Most of the day today I spent replying to my students through the expedition blog. I’ve been impressed by the thoughtful questions and responses Midpark students have given. Many of the researchers have as well enjoyed reading the posts and responding to them. Some have been impressed that anyone responded to their posts. So, well done everyone. To be honest, the response to the blog posts has been more than what everyone expected. We’ve had over 3,100 blog views. When I tell everyone that stat I mostly get: ” Really?” Yeah, really. This means only one thing…. Students are interested and excited about the science that is happening here. It has been quite an experience, and I’ve taken back conversations, observations, techniques, and appreciation for the opportunity to share this with others.
Tomorrow being the final day, I decided to help out with one of the final deployments. I picked up a rod and jig to help Iliana Ruiz-Cooley on squid jigging. Jigging is just like fishing, you cast out and pull, reel in, and repeat. Unfortunately, we caught zero squid, just as others experienced. However, zero is still data. Nothing is something. Remember that.