Daily Updates


Highlights from Jason

March 28, 2018

Highlights from Jason dives during Dive & Discover Expedition 16 to Brothers volcano. (Video courtesy of Anna-Louise Reysenbach, chief scientist, Portland State University; Funder, NSF; ROV Jason. ©Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

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Mission Accomplished

March 26, 2018

The Brothers volcano expedition has hoisted Jason out of the water and is bound for Auckland. As we did, a sense of relief settled in among both the science and the Jason teams.

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Piloting Jason

March 24, 2018

Korey Verhein, Jason pilot and engineer, describes what he does, how he got to be what he is, and why what he does is so cool.

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Jonathan Howland sits in the navigator’s chair during a recent Jason dive.

Navigating Jason: A Sense of Place

March 23, 2018

For as long as we’ve explored the ocean, we’ve needed to know where we are.

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Jason being lowered into the ocean to begin exploring the cone site of Brothers volcano.

A Totally Different Landscape

March 22, 2018

After several difficult days of rough seas, which prevented us from getting Jason back in the water, we have returned to the seafloor of Brothers volcano.

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Lucy Stewart

Why I Care About Methane (And you should, too)

March 21, 2018

Most life on Earth ultimately relies on energy that comes from the sun. Plants (and microbes) take that energy and use it to turn carbon dioxide into biomass.

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Chimney sample

Video Update: Back at Sea

March 20, 2018

With a little over one week left in Expedition 16 to Brothers volcano, there is a lot of science to report. Catch up on developments since we’ve returned to sea.

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Second Cook Joanna Hoyt

Good food makes a good mood

March 20, 2018

It’s hard to overstate the importance of provisioning a ship at sea on a long voyage. Sailors over the centuries have endured hard work, raging storms, and tattered, lice-infested clothing, but few had patience for short rations or rotten food.

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Volcano Hunter

March 19, 2018

Each day I stand outside, look over the water and think to myself: Wow, I am so grateful to be part of this expedition—and isn’t it crazy to know that there is a big active volcano beneath my feet? Yes, it is. It is even more than that. It is so fascinating!

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Lost at sea?

March 18, 2018

A potentially serious setback is facing the Brothers volcano team with the disappearance of the elevator, a device that is used to transport equipment to the seafloor.

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