Windy and Rainy
23 deg 32.0S
Longitude: 69 deg 28.2E
Wind Direction: SE
Wind Speed: 28 Knots
Sea State 3
Swell(s) Height: 8-10 Foot
Sea Temperature: 79°F (26.1°C)
Barometric Pressure: 1019.9 MB
Visibility: 12 Nautical Miles
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Daily Update: Out of Oreos but still rolling
By Amy Nevala
Eric Olson marks the passage of time on the ship in the vegetables
that are served. Todays lack of lunchtime lettuce told
him one thing: Were at the halfway point of the
expedition. Get ready to eat a lot of cabbage.
addition to finishing the lettuce during the past two weeks,
we have emptied two cases of Oreo cookies and ate all the green
peppers. Still, we remain well-supplied with other sustenance
for the 17 remaining days at sea.
we were on the move again. Despite several hopeful signs of a
hydrothermal plume at 24°S, none proved strong enough to
justify further exploration there. We formulated another strategy,
and steamed north seven hours to an area in the rift valley of
the Central Indian Ridge near 23°S that was studied by German
scientists 18 years ago.
plume signals we were chasing at 24°S did not provide a strong
target, so we decided to give up on that site and move on to the
next closest site," said Chemist Marvin Lilley, one of several
scientists who worked long hours doing CTD tow-yo surveys over
the last three days to track the plume.
We arrived at 23°S before dinner this evening and immediately deployed the
CTD to begin searching for hydrothermal plumes. With only two weeks remaining
in the expedition, finding another plume site is a priority if we are to have
enough time to map it and then find the seafloor vents and sample them using
Warm rain slicked the decks today, though weather
reports from South Africa show that our wet weather systems should
ease within 36 hours. Thats good news
for those of us with bruises blooming on our thighs and shoulders after the rocky
seas sent us colliding into the ships metal walls and doors.
the galley, the cooks battle the seas using special bars set
up to steady simmering saucepots and boiling water.Ive
cut myself, Ive burned myself, said Steward Mirth
Miller, holding up bandaged fingers. Were losing
our patience with this weather.
Losing their patience, perhaps - but going strong
in providing tasty and nourishing food for all 58 of us on board.
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