INSPIRE: Chile Triple Junction 2012: Mission Logs: Exploring the Musicians Seamounts

Mission Logs

Follow along as participants in the cruise provide updates and reflections on their experiences, the science, the technology, and other elements of the expedition.

  • Game Over

    April 30, 2012  |  By Chris German

    So here we are home, safe and sound. Well, not home exactly, but tied up in port.

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  • No Weekends At Sea!

    April 29, 2012  |  By Chris German

    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.

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  • Breaking News

    April 27, 2012  |  By Chris German

    It is 4 am, just three hours after the last blog ended and the Sentry vehicle is safely back on deck. We confirm, by 2 am, that we have 14,000 photographs on board and a quick quality control scan shows they are good.

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    April 26, 2012  |  By Chris German

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

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  • Earth, Oceans... and Life!

    April 25, 2012  |  By Chris German

    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.

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  • Old School

    April 24, 2012  |  By Chris German

    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.

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  • Chasing Shadows

    April 23, 2012  |  By Chris German

    An interesting day. Remember how in my last log, I left off with "anything may happen next" or words to that effect? Well, the thing about autonomous vehicles is that they do tend to have a mind of their own.

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  • Like Coiled Springs

    April 22, 2012  |  By Chris German

    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.

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  • Speechless

    April 21, 2012  |  By Chris German

    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.

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  • And We're Off

    April 20, 2012  |  By Chris German

    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.

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  • Hurry Up...and Wait!

    April 18, 2012  |  By Chris German

    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.

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  • Getting There

    April 17, 2012  |  By Chris German

    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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