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Ocean Veritas – Reflections at the end of a cruise

We are close to wrapping up our sub-surface sampling work in the Gulf of Mexico here on the Ocean Veritas. The last several days have been a haul. We’ve had clear, quiet weather—perfect for sediment sampling—and we have been able … Continue reading

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Ocean Veritas – Rough seas and pulling in our last few samples

Things are winding down here on the Ocean Veritas. Currently we are finishing up the last of our work so that we can head back into port tomorrow.     Last Monday we were in at Port Fourchon, where we … Continue reading

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Ocean Veritas – Back to the Deepwater Horizon well head

We spent the weekend bobbing around the Gulf of Mexico on seas that were about six feet tall—too big for us to sample safely. Many of us were relieved to have a break from sampling since it gave us a … 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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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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Ocean Veritas – Remembrance

We had a solid sampling day today; completing five stations and ending our day less than a mile from the well head. We started at over 800 meters deep and went to about 1500 meters so by the end of … Continue reading

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Ocean Veritas – Meet the Chief Scientist

The Ocean Veritas is fortunate to have NOAA scientist Ian Hartwell aboard as chief scientist. With a background in fisheries and marine biology, and specific expertise in environmental toxicology, Hartwell is uniquely qualified for this position. As he puts it, … Continue reading

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