Chile Triple Junction 2012: Mission Logs

April 29 LogApril 30 Log So here we are home, safe and sound.  Well, not home exactly, but tied up in port.

April 29 LogApril 29 Log A couple of days have passed since I last had chance to post and we have been working our way through about 14,000 photographs of the seafloor. 

April 27 LogApril 27 Log It is 4am, just 3 hours after the last blog ended and the Sentry vehicle is safely back on deck.  We confirm, by 2am, that we have 14000 photographs on board and a quick quality control scan shows they are good. 

April 26 LogApril 26 Log What a day! As I went to bed at 3am Thursday morning we had 24 hours left and counting. Time to sleep fast!

April 25 LogApril 25 Log Starting right now, we're finally in a position to head down to the seabed with all camera systems flashing to investigate the geology, oceanography and biology in this unique part of the planet.

April 24 LogApril 24 Log Throughout the 25 years I have been going to sea, an instrument I always rely on is the CTD-rosette system we use for collecting water samples from different depths in the ocean.

April 23 LogApril 23 Log The thing about Autonomous Vehicles is that they do tend to have a mind of their own...

April 22 LogApril 22 Log Everyone is going through final checks - on the vehicles, on their lab instrumentation, and even on the logic of what we're going to do (and in what order) so there are no last-minute surprises.

April 21 LogApril 21 Log Whenever I wasn't working today, I was pretty much goofing off on deck taking in the view, trying desperately – and failing – to capture the magnificence of the scenery.

April 20 LogApril 20 Log Lots going on the past two days. Carl and the Sentry team and Dan and the TowCam folks were all keen to get as much done as possible in the remaining time before we left port.

April 18 LogApril 18 Log We joined the ship around 8 am Wednesday morning.  By 9 am, we had confirmation that our vans full of gear were in port and ready to be delivered.

April 17 LogApril 17 Log The trip begins with 24 hours of air travel to Punta Arenas, where we will be ready when the ship arrives to get on board and set up our equipment.



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