Behind the scenes

Studying underwater faults

Katie Coble from the US Geological Survey controls the science camera on ROV Doc Ricketts from the Western Flyer control room. The video screens show the ROV manipulator collecting a

Katie Coble from the US Geological Survey controls the science camera on ROV Doc Ricketts from the Western Flyer control room. The video screens show the ROV manipulator collecting a “push core” to from layers of sediment in Monterey Canyon, 1,600 meters below the ocean surface.

April 17, 2014

A group of researchers led by MBARI geologist Charlie Paull are conducting an expedition this week on R/V Western Flyer. Among other research techniques, they are using the remotely operated vehicle (ROV) Doc Ricketts to collect samples of sediment that will help them identify the location of the San Gregorio Fault Zone where it crosses the northern flank of the Monterey Canyon.