March 13, 2001 to June 2, 2001
Monterey to Hawaii and back
March 14, 2001: Leg 1; Day 2
Francisco Chavez donning the 'one size fits all' immersion suit.
Log Entry: It's 0700 and we are at 36 degrees 08.07' N and 123 degrees 26.1'W where we have just started a 2 hour CTD station. We will then move another 3 hours or so to our dive site for the day. The winds got up to 35 knots last night and this tiny (seems tiny out here) ship was tossed! The winds are down to 30 knots now and we are hoping that they will continue to drop so that we can dive in 5 hours. The weather is slowing us down quite a bit as we had hoped to be diving right now.
Brian Ackerman explains what happens if there is a fire.
We did have a fire and boat drill yesterday and from the photos you can see that this is, as always, an enjoyable occasion. Francisco Chavez was 'volunteered' to be the one to try on the immersion suit as he was one of two who forgot his life jacket for the drill.
Ginger working at the end of a long evening keeping an eye on the data coming in from the towfish being towed behind the boat (see chemistry photo). Ginger is also measuring aluminum as well as iron. Preliminary results indicate very little of either metal.
Kevin Raskoff spending some time working on a manuscript while we wait to get to our next ROV station.
This is part of the instrumentation that processes the water samples coming in from the towfish. Ginger Elrod and Steve Fitzwater work for Ken Johnson and are interested in measuring the trace metals in the seawater, primarily iron. They use a towfish behind the boat and pump water continuously from the surface waters into this chemistry setup.
We collected a siphonophore yesterday and Steve sketched the sample, photographed his sketches and is sending the images off to an expert for assistance in identification.
Francisco Chavez processing the CTD samples after a long evening...
...He told his group to go to sleep and he stayed up to process the samples.
Tucker and Francisco getting the CTD ready for launch.
It's 1115 and we are on station waiting and hoping for the wind and swell to decrease. The winds are holding steady at 27 knots and the swells are up to 10 feet high. Lots of whitecaps. While we are waiting, Francisco and his group are taking advantage of the time to launch the CTD and collect another set of measurements.
Launching the CTD over the stern using the A-frame of the Western Flyer. Darrell Palmer, Tucker, and Francisco start the CTD on its way to 1000 meters.
The view of the ocean that we've had all day long. Big waves, big swells, and lots of whitecaps.
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