Monthly Archives: September 2010

Pisces – Seep Mapping

In addition to CTDs, core sampling and camera-tow operations, another aspect of our mission includes the mapping of natural hydrocarbon seeps in the vicinity of the Deepwater Horizon site. The Pisces was designed to be used as a fisheries research … Continue reading

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Meet the Gyre!

We’ve been really busy onboard the research vessel Gyre. Today we are sampling about 10 nautical miles northwest of the Deepwater Horizon well head in the Gulf of Mexico where our primary job is to take sediment samples using our … Continue reading

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Ocean Veritas – Deep Sea Creatures and Muddy Sediment

There are days when pulling cores of mud out of the Gulf of Mexico and processing them might not seem all that thrilling. We, aboard the research vessel Ocean Veritas, heartily disagree. Our Chief Scientist Ian Hartwell is very interested in … Continue reading

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Welcome Research Vessels International Peace and Gyre

We welcome research vessels International Peace and Gyre who have recently joined the Ocean Veritas and the Pisces on sampling expeditions out in the Gulf of Mexico. While at sea the team on the International Peace, headed by Lead Sampler … Continue reading

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Pisces – the Tow-Cam

Last night, we deployed a tow camera to take photos of the sea floor to look for any evidence of oil that may have settled there, and for hydrocarbon seeps. Ken Feldman, a contractor working for Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, … Continue reading

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Ocean Veritas – Sample Transfers and Fresh Supplies

So much for the slow day in-port the team was hoping for. We arrived at Port Fourchon, Louisiana around eight this morning and things have been very hectic ever since. Several members of the team went onshore to grab some … Continue reading

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Pisces – Now that you’ve got those cores, what are you going to do with them?

Another long day of coring… Still, J.P. found some time to show us what he does with the sediment samples he collects. “Once we bring the multi-corer up, we remove the corers and let them settle for a bit.  Then, using … Continue reading

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