May 15–June 3, 2005
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Today is the first relatively free day as we trek to the Mussel Valley site near Fiji. Everyone is catching up on work and play. The folks with Cindy are storing and labeling samples.
Vicki and Shana are extracting DNA from bacteria. Greg and Fred search for new species of worms within seemingly indiscernible sand and muck. Shannon and Joe make sure there are enough chemicals and physical supplies on board to meet the needs of the next series of dives. Robbie and Katharine soak up the sights of the Pacific in
Melville's hot tub. Bob has been busy all day defining the latitudinal and longitudinal coordinates for the next set of dive sites. Everyone seems to welcome the calmer atmosphere. Even the
Jason II team work at a leisurely pace.
This expedition has been made possible by National Science Foundation grants to Dr. Robert Vrijenhoek (NSF OCE-0241613) and Dr. Cindy Van Dover (NSF OCE-0350554)