This has been a great cruise with almost all of our initial goals met and some new discoveries added on top. As Rob Zierenberg noted yesterday, numbers sometimes tell a story and here are some more from this cruise. We collected 191 lava samples, 14 samples of hydrothermal deposits, 3 mudstone samples, 82 short (30 centimeters) push cores…
Gulf of California 2015 - Leg 5
As previously mentioned, the Alarcón Rise is the northernmost segment of the East Pacific Rise spreading center. The Alarcón Rise is roughly 50 kilometers long. It is the axis along which new ocean crust is forming as a rocky ridge, compared to the short spreading segments within the Gulf of California that are sediment-filled basins.
Today’s dive was, as the Wisconsinites on board (Julie Bowles, Knute Brekke, and Patrick Mitts) would say, a smorgasbord! There were new and very impressive hydrothermal chimneys, mounds of lovely elongate basaltic pillows, and a vast flood of a relatively young, jumbled sheet-like lava flow, which will be discussed in tomorrow’s cruise log.