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23 deg 24.0S
Longitude: 69 deg 11.9E
Wind Direction: SE
Wind Speed: 23 Knots
Sea State 4
Swell(s) Height: 8-10 Foot
Sea Temperature: 79°F (26.1°C)
Barometric Pressure: 1021.6 MB
Visibility: 18 Nautical Miles
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By Amy Nevala
the Indian Ocean for six weeks is like packing for the worlds
biggest camping trip. Out here, there is no convenience store
if we forget the milk.
Mirth Miller has the milk covered, and in two weeks we have
gulped about 106 gallons. We used it to wash down 200 pounds
of onions, eight cases of grapes, 75 pounds of carrots and
225 pounds of flour, among many other foods.
ship requires fuel too. So far we have burned 45,000 gallons,
about a third of the 145,000 gallons that we started with in
the Seychelles. We are 500 miles from the nearest gas station
and other ships dont resupply us, so we carry more than
enough to last our 40 days at sea.
fact, the Knorr could steam 11,800 nautical miles on a
single load of fuel. Thats equivalent to traveling from
Los Angeles to Tokyo and back again without once topping off
the ships 13 fuel tanks.
have gone far less than that distance since leaving Mauritius.
As of noon today we have traveled 1,041 miles to and along the
Central Indian Ridge. Thats not many miles, considering
the Knorr has steamed nearly 30,000 nautical miles on
various other expeditions since leaving Woods Hole in Massachusetts
engineers on Knorr refer to the ship as a little
city because we can produce many utilities, like electricity
and water. Water we make using evaporation or a reverse osmosis
system that converts salty water into the fresh variety. Between
showers, drinking water, laundry, cooking and science research,
we use between 1,500 to 3,000 gallons of freshwater each day.
And like cities everywhere , last night we had a
visit from the Easter Bunny (or bunnies, looking suspiciously like
Bob Collier, Colleen Cavanaugh, Marvin Lilley and Jessie Philley).
They decorated the ships main lab with balloons and left jellybeans next to each computer.
In the galley, a holiday greeting on the menu board
reminded us of the continued rocky seas: Happy Easter, dont fall on your kiester.
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