We have spent a full day coring…collecting multicores along a shore normal transect from inside Poverty Bay to the upper slope. Amazing how everyone quickly moves back into the needed roles in order top efficiently collect and process the samples coming up on deck.
Julia and Joey feel right at home back in the wet lab…like they never left the comforts of home. The Gust microcosm is working well, at least initially…some modification was eventually needed on one of the flow through turbidity cells, but we got it running again. That is one thing that you have to deal with when "at sea"…you can't simply run to the hardware store when something breaks. You simply figure out a way to make it work…you have no other choice!
Rip and I have been on core cutting duty…efficiently slicing through meters of sediment through the course of the day. Doesn't that sound pretty exciting…yes, we are mud slingers! Alan has taken command of our deck operations…at least we let him think he is in charge. Al never stops moving until everything is processed, cleaned up, and the multicorer is ready to go over the side again. He's an animal…after collecting several cores from different stations, Alan leaves the deck long enough to shoot the x-rays of those cores, but that is about it.
Then there is our fearless leader…Walsh tirelessly orchestrates the whole sampling scheme, when and where, and how…if only he would actually get his hands a bit dirty! OK, OK, I am joking…it is quite the team we have out here, everyone working hard and getting the job done.
On shore, Andrea and Dan are busy downloading data from the tripods and prepping them for the next deployment. Hopefully it all comes together over the next few days…still plenty of stations to occupy and need to redeploy the tripods. The weather has been on our side so far…let's see what the next few days have to offer.