Category Archives: Sea Floor

Science as Usual

While our coverage so far has focused on the subsurface monitoring efforts in the Gulf of Mexico, we’re also still going about our everyday science business.  The NOAA Ship Ronald H. Brown is currently underway to discover and characterize deep-water … 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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Gyre – ROBIO shows us these aren’t your typical backyard Pill Bugs

We are in port this morning offloading samples, restocking, and changing over some of our team, including our chief scientist. We say farewell to Neil Summer of Ecolyse who has expertly guided this expedition for the past month or so. … Continue reading

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Gyre – We are a sediment sampling machine!

Here on the Gyre we really know how to party. We spent Friday night coring sediment only about 420 meters from the well head, right in among the drilling rigs, ROV boats, standby boats, and supply boats. (Quite the wild … Continue reading

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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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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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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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