Photo & Video Log

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View a slideshow of selected images from the San Andreas Fault 2010 expedition.

slideshow icon View a slideshow of selected images from the San Andreas Fault 2010 expedition.

Dr. Waldo Wakefield explains how an echo-sounder is used to look for fish and other organisms in the water column.

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dr. Waldo Wakefield explains how an echo-sounder is used to look for fish and other organisms in the water column.

Captain Mark Kocina and Sam Kesten work together to raise the sails on the Derek M. Baylis.

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Captain Mark Kocina and Sam Kesten work together to raise the sails on the derek M. Baylis.

Graduate students Morgan Erhardt and Bran Black deploy and recover a CTD off the back of the Derek M. Baylis.

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Graduate students Morgan Erhardt and Bran Black deploy and recover a CTd off the back of the derek M. Baylis.

View a video of crew members hoisting the main sail of the Derek M. Baylis, and explorers launching the AUV off the deck of the Pacific Storm.

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Watch as crew members hoist the main sail of the derek M. Baylis, and explorers launch the AUV off the deck of the Pacific Storm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Images

AUV Lucille completed 14 missions, taking tens of thousands of photos of the seafloor near the Northern San Andreas Fault.

Mission Summary
Lucille completed 14 missions, taking thousands of photos of the seafloor near the Northern San Andreas Fault. (HR)

Data collected by the fisheries sonar system showing returns which may indicate aggregations of organisms inhabiting the water column.

Mission Summary
After surveying several multibeam lines, graduate student Morgan Erhardt brings the Reson 8101 out of the water for transit. (HR)

Jackson Currie and Sam Johnson from USGS prepare the “mini-sparker” for deployment.

Mission Summary
Jackson Currie and Sam Johnson from USGS prepare the “mini-sparker” for deployment. (HR)

Image taken by AUV Lucille of plankton, rockfish, sculpin and anemones at the Northern San Andreas Fault site.

Mission Summary
Image taken by AUV Lucille of plankton, rockfish, sculpin and anemones at the Northern San Andreas Fault site. (HR)

During the entire expedition, the Baylis’ average fuel consumption was 1.6 gallons per hour.

Mission Summary
During the entire expedition, the Baylis’ average fuel consumption was 1.6 gallons per hour. (HR)

 

 

 

 

 

 

The acoustic sonar is used to image organisms living in the water column.

September 29 Log
The acoustic sonar is used to image organisms living in the water column. (HR)

Data collected by the fisheries sonar system showing returns which may indicate aggregations of organisms inhabiting the water column.

September 29 Log
data collected by the fisheries sonar system showing returns which may indicate aggregations of organisms. (HR)

 

 

 

 

Prior to launch, Jeremy Taylor double checks the inner workings and wiring of the AUV to ensure clear communication between the vehicle and the surface during the dive.

September 27 Log
Prior to launch, Jeremy Taylor double checks the inner workings and wiring of the AUV. (HR)

Erica Fruh prepares the mission plan for a dive with the AUV Lucille. For this mission, Lucille was programmed to run a zigzag pattern over a section of the San Andreas Fault.

September 27 Log
Erica Fruh prepares the mission plan for a dive with the AUV Lucille. (HR)

Out on deck, Russell Haner and Elizabeth Clarke make final preparations before deploying the AUV Lucille for a mission.

September 27 Log
Out on deck, Russell Haner and Elizabeth Clarke make final preparations before deploying the AUV Lucille for a mission. (HR)

 

 

Jackson Currie from USGS trims the ends of the sparker while Bran Black and Tim Kane from OSU observe. Salt water erodes the electrodes at the ends of the sparker and they must be trimmed every few hours to ensure accurate data collection.

September 25 Log
Jackson Currie from USGS trims the ends of the sparker while Bran Black and Tim Kane from OSU observe. (HR)

Sea Lions lounging on navigational buoys are a common sight in the coastal waters of the North Pacific.

September 25 Log
Sea Lions lounging on navigational buoys are a common sight in the coastal waters of the North Pacific. (HR)

Sam Johnson from USGS points out the location of the San Andreas fault on a map generated by multibeam data to correlate with the incoming seismic data.

September 25 Log
Sam Johnson from USGS points out the location of the San Andreas fault on a map generated by multibeam data. (HR)

A seismic profile of one of the fault zones surveyed.

September 25 Log
A seismic profile of one of the fault zones surveyed. (HR)

The sun sets over the bow of the Derek M. Baylis, anchored near Shelter Cove after a successful day of multibeam surveys.

September 23 Log
The sun sets over the bow of the derek M. Baylis, anchored near Shelter Cove after a successful day of multibeam surveys. (HR)

Working double duty as Captain and cook, Mark Kocina fixes dinner on the back deck for crew and science party.

September 23 Log
Working double duty as Captain and cook, Mark Kocina fixes dinner on the back deck for crew and science party. (HR)

Working on a smaller boat has challenges: waves and swells can cause the Baylis to take anywhere from 15 to 30 degree rolls.

September 23 Log
Working on a smaller boat has challenges: waves and swells can cause the Baylis to take anywhere from 15 to 30 degree rolls. (HR)

Dolphins occasionally ride the bow wake of ships at sea. Here, a Pacific White Sided Dolphin jumps off the starboard bow of the Baylis.

September 23 Log
dolphins occasionally ride the bow wake of ships at sea. Here, a Pacific White Sided dolphin jumps off the starboard bow of the Baylis. (HR)

Dr. Chris Goldfinger, project PI, watches the multibeam screen as data returns in near-real time.

September 21 Log
dr. Chris Goldfinger, project PI, watches the multibeam screen as data returns in near-real time. (HR)

OSU graduate student Bran Black works with sonar bathymetry data to create a map of the sea floor in the area where the San Andreas Fault goes off shore.

September 21 Log
OSU graduate student Bran Black works with sonar bathymetry data to create a map of the sea floor. (HR)

An example backscatter image generated from multibeam sonar data.

September 21 Log
An example backscatter image generated from multibeam sonar data. (HR)

 

 

Baylis Captain Mark Kocina handles the wheel while First Mate Sam Kesten watches.

September 20 Log
Baylis Captain Mark Kocina handles the wheel while First Mate Sam Kesten watches. (HR)

The main sail raised on the Baylis. The crew's survey is powered solely by wind.

September 20 Log
The main sail raised on the Baylis. The crew's survey is powered solely by wind. (HR)

The Derek M. Baylis sailing off the California coast under sail.

September 20 Log
The derek M. Baylis sailing off the California coast under sail. (HR)

 

Mark Kocina of the Baylis’s crew secures the sails as weather moves in.

September 18 Log
Mark Kocina of the Baylis’s crew secures the sails as weather moves in. (HR)

Bran Black, Chris Goldfinger and Morgan Erhardt begin work on the broken support strut.

September 18 Log
Bran Black, Chris Goldfinger and Morgan Erhardt begin work on the broken support strut. (HR)

OSU Grad Student Bran Black keeps the boat steady on course while other crew and science party members work to repair a broken strut.

September 18 Log
OSU Grad Student Bran Black keeps the boat steady on course while other crew and science party members work to repair a broken strut. (HR)

Morgan Erhardt works with the Baylis crew member Mark Kocina to secure the strut and continue multibeam operations.

September 18 Log
Morgan Erhardt works with the Baylis crew member Mark Kocina to secure the strut and continue multibeam operations. (HR)

The multibeam sonar is taken out of the water for re-calibration at a specific time each day.

September 17 Log
The multibeam sonar is taken out of the water for re-calibration at a specific time each day. (HR)

OSU Graduate Student Morgan Erhardt prepares the CTD for a cast.

September 17 Log
OSU Graduate Student Morgan Erhardt prepares the CTd for a cast. (HR)

A screen shot of multi-beam data processing using Caris software.

September 17 Log
A screen shot of multi-beam data processing using Caris software. (HR)

Project PI Chris Goldfinger keeps the Derek M. Baylis on track for another survey line.

September 17 Log
Project PI Chris Goldfinger keeps the derek M. Baylis on track for another survey line. (HR)

At work during the multibeam mapping phase of the expedition.

September 14 Log
At work during the multibeam mapping phase of the expedition. (HR)

We had a spectacular warm afternoon and sunset after a day of mapping.

September 14 Log
We had a spectacular warm afternoon and sunset after a day of mapping. (HR)

 
 

A photo of the Pacific Storm in its home port of Newport, Oregon.

R/V Pacific Storm
A photo of the Pacific Storm in its home port of Newport, Oregon.

Another view of the Pacific Storm.

R/V Pacific Storm
Another view of the Pacific Storm.

The Storm will support AUV operations and map the distribution of fishes associated with the fault.

R/V Pacific Storm
The Storm will support AUV operations and map the distribution of fishes associated with the fault.

The Pacific Storm at sea.

R/V Pacific Storm
The Pacific Storm at sea.

The ER60 fisheries sonar system's pole mounted transducer system (the red shapes are the 38, 70 and 120 kHz transducers).

R/V Pacific Storm
The ER60 fisheries sonar system's pole mounted transducer system (the red shapes are the 38, 70 and 120 kHz transducers).

 
 
 

AUV Lucille on deck. With negative buoyancy in the lower hull, and positive buoyancy in the upper hull, Lucille is able to remain stable in the unpredictable pitch and roll of the ocean while it follows the terrain of the bottom.

AUV Lucille
AUV Lucille on deck. Lucille is able to remain stable in the unpredictable pitch and roll of the ocean. (HR)

The AUV Lucille coming on board the research vessel.

AUV Lucille
The AUV Lucille coming on board the research vessel. (HR)

The AUV team placing the AUV on deck after a mission.

AUV Lucille
The AUV team placing the AUV on deck after a mission. (HR)

 

The Derek M. Baylis heads to sea for the transit to Fort Bragg.

derek M. Baylis
The derek M. Baylis heads to sea for the transit to Fort Bragg. (HR)

A collection of images from operations aboard the Derek M. Baylis.

derek M. Baylis
A collection of images from operations aboard the derek M. Baylis.

 
 

Northern San Andreas Fault proposed exploration site and approximate survey areas, including existing paleoseismic core locations.

Mission Plan
Northern San Andreas Fault proposed exploration site and survey areas, including existing paleoseismic core locations.

 
 
 

The NSAF expedition explores the region, its history, and its biologic diversity along the fault.

Mission Intro
The NSAF expedition explores the region, its history, and its biologic diversity along the fault.

 
 
 

 

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