Alas, like all good things, our expedition has come to an end. It’s been a wonderful experience, and we are grateful to have had the opportunity to explore the depths of the Earth from the South Atlantic Ocean. Hopefully you can tell that we’ve also had a lot of fun. Our cruise tshirt design below … More Time to head home!
While the adventures of being at sea are coming to a close, the experiences will be kept for as long as one can hold on to the memories. This trip was a first for some and a repeat for others, but we all miss home in similar ways whether it’s our friends and family, a … More Longing for pizza, salad, and puppies!
Line crossing ceremonies are part and parcel of maritime tradition. Sailors who haven’t crossed the equator are mere Pollywogs and those who have are Shellbacks. We surely celebrated our new status and our re-entry into the northern hemisphere in style with a special BBQ party on the muster deck! The guys from the kitchen – Ricky, … More The Shellbacks eye land…
Hello all. We have one remaining type of data for which to show you some sample results: seismic reflection. Seismic reflection is the method that Justin described in an earlier post, where we use the 12 km-long streamer and sound source to image the Earth beneath the seafloor. The processing and refining of these images … More Pictures of the Earth below!
Anyone watch Star Trek? Remember the people that were always tirelessly working and performing miracles in the engine room to ensure the Enterprise wasn’t lost? It’s sort of like that on board the R/V Langseth as well. This expedition would all be for naught if the ship did not stop and go as needed. The … More Looking under the hood
Alexis here! Curious what the rooms are like onboard the Langseth? Here are a few pictures to get the sense of living on a ship. The 6 student watchstanders share one suite that consists of 4 rooms that open into a shared living space (or as Bobby calls it, “The Snake Pit”). Each of the rooms sleep two … More Crest rest
Hi there. Today, Clint and I (John) took a tour of the bridge, and thought we would share with you what we saw. Currently on shift: 2nd Mate Mason [right], along with AB (Able Seaman) Josh [left] and OS (Ordinary Seaman, or “Outstanding Seaman” is his words) Aaron [center]. They each work a total of … More The Bridge over a Ridge
Hello Readers. My name is Dan Kot and I am an ocean bottom seismometer (OBS) technician with Woods Hole Oceanographic. For those of you that are new to the world of oceanography, I thought I would touch upon how we withstand the pressure at the bottom of the ocean. There are a number of ways … More Withstanding the Pressure
The past few days saw us reach 2 huge milestones on our scientific journey. First, on Wednesday we crossed the Mid-Atlantic Ridge! This marks where the South American and African plates are spreading apart. I decided that was the perfect day to distribute UTIG (University of Texas Institute for Geophysics) t-shirts to the science party. … More Milestones
Our watches are spent processing data as it comes in alongside other folks (“observers”) who stand watch over all of the equipment to make sure the data keeps coming in and that it is of good quality. Their vigilance is key to ensuring, for example, that our seismic sampling is properly timed and equally spaced … More Things to watch for