Photo, Audio & Video Log

This page contains photos and videos regarding the INSPIRE: Chile Margin 2010 exploration taking place this year from February 24 to March 17. Click on any image to view a larger version and for additional information. If a movie camera icon camera icon is present, a video can be viewed by clicking on the image. Multiple video formats are available on the linked pages. If a Podcast icon Podcast Icon is present, a video or audio file is available for download or you can subscribe to the RSS Podcast Feed. NOAA Podcast RSS 2.0 Feed

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Multicore video footage from the sea floor of swimming sea cucumbers.

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Multicore video footage from the seafloor of swimming sea cucumbers!

Listen to members of the INSPIRE crew sing their original composition, Plumes: Nobody Knows.

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Listen to members of the INSPIRE crew sing their original composition, "Plumes: Nobody Knows."

Video taken from the seafloor at 2600m depth, as the multicore lands and takes a sediment sample amount deep sea fauna.

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Video taken from the seafloor at 2,600 m depth, as the multicorer lands and takes a sediment sample of deep sea fauna.

This animation shows how ABE is used to find and then photograph sites of hydrothermal activity.

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This animation shows how ABE is used to find and then photograph sites of hydrothermal activity.


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Sometimes the little parts are not only pretty but can tell us about the life history of the animals which we collect.

Mission Summary
Sometimes the little parts are not only pretty but can tell us about the life history of the animals which we collect.

Our CTD was consistently our most successful instrument which we put over the side.

Mission Summary
Our CTD was consistently our most successful instrument; we put it over the side at all of the sites we visited.

A microbial mat on the left and carbonate rocks on the right.

Mission Summary
A microbial mat on the left and carbonate rocks on the right: some of the first images of what this Chilean methane seep looks like.

Rosa forcing pressure into her chambers which allows the microbes to survive for years to come.

Mission Summary
Rosa Leon Zayas forcing pressure into her chambers, which allows the microbes to survive for years to come.

The science party of INSPIRE: Chile Margin 2010.

Mission Summary
The science party of INSPIRE: Chile Margin 2010.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The deck of the Melville before being loaded up for the next cruise.

April 12
The deck of the R/V Melville was empty for only a few minutes before it was loaded up for the next cruise.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rosa working hard to organize water filtration.

March 14
Rosa Leon Zayas works hard to organize water filtration.

Transferring water to garbage cans for filtration.

March 14
Transferring water to garbage cans for filtration.

The trench team. From left to right: Ally, Rosa, Christina, Monica, Ashlee.

March 14
The trench team. From left to right: Ally, Rosa, Christina, Monica, Ashlee.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ashlee Henig and her new friend Patrick, after the starfish was rescued from the scavenging biologists.

March 13
Biologists/foragers waist-deep in mud and digging through the contents of a trawl.

Damaged University of Concepción Marine Laboratory in Dichato, Chile.

March 13
Ashlee Henig and her new friend “Patrick,” after the starfish was rescued from the scavenging biologists.

Ben Grupe imitates the crooked bear-shaped map created after a biologist designed our mapping survey.

March 13
Ben Grupe imitates the crooked bear-shaped map created after a biologist designed our mapping survey.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Empty cores from the multicore.

March 12
Empty cores from the multicorer.

One of the irreparably damaged triggers.

March 12
One of the irreparably damaged triggers.

Jim and Brian, our amazing res-techs; there is no problem they can�t solve.

March 12
Jim and Brian, our amazing res-techs; there is no problem they can’t solve.

Sabrina, engineer and trigger fabricator extraordinaire.

March 12
Sabrina, engineer and trigger fabricator extraordinaire.

Bringing mud aboard in the multicore.

March 12
Success! Bringing mud aboard in the multicorer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Damaged University of Concepcion Marine Laboratory in Dichato, Chile.

March 9
Damaged University of Concepción Marine Laboratory in Dichato, Chile.

The research vessel Kay Kay II, belonging to the University of Concepcion.

March 9
The research vessel Kay Kay II, belonging to the University of Concepcion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scientists and ResTech at the multicore video monitors.

March 8 Log
Scientists and research techs at the multicore video monitors.

Alexis Pasulka and Christina Tanner taking water samples from a sediment core.

March 8 Log
Alexis Pasulka and Christina Tanner taking water samples from a sediment core.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our time together was too short, my teflon friend.

March 8 Log
Our time together was too short, my Teflon friend.

My new means of taking samples.

March 8 Log
My new means of taking samples.

The abyss. You can stare at it, and it just stares back.

March 8 Log
The abyss. You can stare at it, and it just stares back.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gone, Baby, Gone.

March 7 Log
Gone, Baby, Gone.

The coolest place on Earth?

March 7 Log
The coolest place on Earth?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ABE gets ready for his final dive.

March 6 Log
ABE gets ready for his final dive.

ABE's empty cradle on the starboard deck of the Melville.

March 6 Log
ABE's empty cradle on the starboard deck of the R/V Melville.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stephanie shows Harold around the lab.

March 6 Log
Stephanie shows Harold around the lab.

Ben shows Harold how the worms feel.

March 6 Log
Ben shows Harold how the worms feel.

Monica and Harold visit ABE.

March 6 Log
Monica and Harold visit ABE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is what we didn�t want to see when we took a sample with the Multiple corer.

March 5 Log
This is what we didn’t want to see when we took a sample with the multiple corer.

Javier preparing the first trawl for its inaugural voyage to the bottom of the ocean.

March 5 Log
Javier preparing the first trawl for its inaugural voyage to the bottom of the ocean.

One of the many Albatross which have been keeping us company.

March 5 Log
One of the many albatross which have been keeping us company.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Multi-core being brought up on deck.

March 5 Log
Multi-core being brought up on deck.

Alexis Pasulka, Tim Shank, Ben Grupe and Rosa Le�n-Zayas taking sediments samples from one of the cores.

March 5 Log
Alexis Pasulka, Tim Shank, Ben Grupe, and Rosa León-Zayas taking sediments samples from one of the cores.

Christina Tanner, Ben Grupe and Rosa Le�n-Zayas composing Have a little faith.

March 5 Log
Christina Tanner, Ben Grupe and Rosa León-Zayas composing “Have a little faith."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scientists in the main lab get ready to watch live video of the seafloor from the camera system mounted.

March 4 Log
Scientists in the main lab get ready to watch live video of the seafloor.

Ashlee Henig (right) discusses study locations with fellow grad student Monica Heintz at the map table.

March 4 Log
Ashlee Henig (right) discusses study locations with fellow grad student Monica Heintz at the map table.

Members of the ABE crew from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) prepare ABE for a deployment.

March 4 Log
Members of the ABE crew from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution prepare ABE for a deployment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ben Grupe begins to prepare the CTD bottles for deployment.

March 2 Log
Ben Grupe begins to prepare the CTD bottles for deployment.

This graph shows the optical backscatter data from the second tow-yo above a spreading center.

March 2 Log
This graph shows the optical backscatter data from the second tow-yo above a spreading center.

Several echinoderms can be seen in this picture taken by a video camera attached to the bottom of the multi-core.

March 2 Log
Several echinoderms can be seen in this picture taken by a video camera attached to the bottom of the multi-core.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A core full of deep-sea mud from 2600 meters.

March 1 Log
A core full of deep-sea mud from 2,600 meters.

Small bivalve sorted from the deep-sea mud core sample on board the ship.

March 1 Log
Small bivalve sorted from the deep-sea mud core sample on board the ship.

Christina Tanner working on board R/V Melville�s INSPIRE cruise.

March 1 Log
Christina Tanner working on board R/V Melville during the INSPIRE cruise.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ben Maurer works splicing the electronics into the winch cable.

February 28 Log
Ben Maurer works splicing the electronics into the winch cable.

The multi-core before its first dive.

February 28 Log
The multi-core before its first dive.

 

A picture of the sea floor 2600m below the boat.

February 28 Log
A picture of the seafloor 2,600 m below the boat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From left to right: Fernando, Francisco, Stephanie Mendes, Ives Melville, Javier

February 27 Log
From left to right: Fernando, Francisco, Stephanie Mendes, Ives Melville, Javier.

We saw whales.

February 27 Log
We saw whales!

Stephanie Mendes working in the radioactive isotope van.

February 27 Log
Stephanie Mendes working in the radioactive isotope van.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alexis Pasulka prepares her microscope for the cruise.

February 26 Log
Alexis Pasulka prepares her microscope for the cruise.

Chris German shows the class a plume MAPR.

February 26 Log
Chris German shows the class a plume MAPR.

TScientists stand on the upper deck with life jackets during an abandon ship drill.

February 26 Log
Scientists stand on the upper deck with life jackets during an abandon ship drill.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The R/V Melville.

February 25 Log
The R/V Melville.

Graduate students Danny Richter and Ben Grupe in the bubble.

February 25 Log
Graduate students Danny Richter and Ben Grupe in the "bubble."

Sharing space in the lab.

February 25 Log
Sharing space in the lab.

At the Rio Petrohue at the foot of Volcan Osorno.

February 25 Log
At the Rio Petrohue at the foot of Volcan Osorno.

Extensive beds of siboglinid polychaetes provide a habitat for many animals.

Biodiversity
Extensive beds of siboglinid polychaetes provide a habitat for many animals.

Incredible diversity lies in small animals which live in and on the sediment.

Biodiversity
Incredible diversity lies in small animals which live in and on the sediment.

This Frenulate, now known to be within the family Siboglinidae and a type of polychaete.

Biodiversity
A frenulate, now known to be within the family Siboglinidae and a type of polychaete.

This is an example of the fauna which lives at methane seeps off of Chile.

Biodiversity
This is an example of the fauna which lives at methane seeps off of Chile.

Methane is composed of one carbon atom surrounded by four hydrogen atoms.

Methane
Methane is composed of one carbon atom surrounded by four hydrogen atoms.

Cluster of anaerobic methane consuming archaea (red) and sulfate reducing bacteria (green).

Methane
Cluster of anaerobic methane consuming archaea (red) and sulfate reducing bacteria (green).

A close up of a group of Bathymodiolin mussels from a methane seep.

Methane
A close up of a group of Bathymodiolin mussels from a methane seep.

A methane hydrate mound on the seafloor.

Methane
A methane hydrate mound on the seafloor.

 

 

Map of the Southeast Pacific Ocean and South American continent showing the Chile Rise spreading center.

Geology
Map of the Southeast Pacific Ocean and South American continent showing the Chile rise spreading center

Schematic cross section through the spreading center, subduction zone, and South American continent.

Geology
Schematic cross-section through the spreading center, subduction zone, and South American continent.

Cartoon cross section through a spreading ridge axis showing several components of a hydrothermal vent system.

Geology
Cartoon cross-section through a spreading ridge axis showing several components of a hydrothermal vent system.

Methane gas bubbling up from sediments at a seep area.

Geology
Methane gas bubbling up from sediments at a seep area.

 

 

A tube core (8 cm diameter) collected from a Thioploca bacterial mat in the Peru-Chile OMZ.

Sea Floor Habitats
A tube core (8 cm diameter) collected from a Thioploca bacterial mat in the Peru-Chile OMZ.

This picture illustrates four common types of hard substrate at seeps.

Seafloor Habitats
This picture illustrates four common types of hard substrate at seeps.

Bathymodiolid mussels and vestimentiferan tube worms.

Seafloor Habitats
Bathymodiolid mussels and vestimentiferan tube worms.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The ABE autonomous underwater vehicle (free-swimming robot) about to be set loose.

Exploration
The ABE autonomous underwater vehicle (free-swimming robot) about to be set loose.

Our 3-phased approach to ocean exploration with ABE.

Exploration
Our 3-phased approach to ocean exploration with ABE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

During this 2,400 km (1500 miles) voyage we will visit four sites along the Chile.

Mission Plan
During this 2,400 km (1,500 miles) voyage we will visit four sites along the Chile.

Mussels beds, such as this group of bathymodiolin mussels, are good examples of deep-sea fauna.

Mission Plan
Mussels beds, such as this group of bathymodiolin mussels, are good examples of deep-sea fauna.

The ABE autonomous underwater vehicle.

Mission Plan
The ABE autonomous underwater vehicle.

Coral and cold seep habitats intersect.

Mission Plan
Coral and cold seep habitats intersect.

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