Thursday, November 23

Where are we headed?

Drake Passage and Bransfield Strait

Antarctica, the Drake Passage and the Bransfield Strait, site of the expedition's hydrophone project. The team is attempting to recover and re-deploy hydrophones it deployed last year in the Bransfield Strait and Drake Passage. Using data recorded by the hydrophones, scientists hope to detect otherwise unobserved seafloor volcanic activity, monitor/track the sounds of ice break-up and the tremor produced by the movement of large icebergs, and monitor the distribution of large baleen whales in the area.

Deception Island

Deception Island: During last year's voyage, bad weather kept the team from approaching the island. This year, they will once again attempt to perform the first-ever ROV survey (submersible camera with propellers) of the underwater hydrothermal systems in the island's submerged caldera, in hopes of learning more about the ecology of its hydrothermal vents.

(Maps courtesy of Robert Dziak)


At 10:03 AM, Blogger Kath Fuller said...

Hi Bill,
Just wanted to let you know that the volunteers and I are having fun (and learning!) reading your entries. It is amazing! I wish that I'd have talked to one of my kids' teachers before hand to try to get them interested. It would be such a great educational tool. Oceanography, biology, physics, geography, etc. could all be utilized and the kids could feel like they were part of the expedition. Happy Thanksgiving!

At 10:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Big Brother,
It was pretty neat to see you had to finally use the sea sickness patch. :) Finally I am not the only one.

Missed hearing from you at Thanksgiving. Looking to see more of your adventures at sea.


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