Blogs - like cruises - come to an end, and this will be the last entry. The scientists' cabins have been emptied, the decks cleared, and the samples shipped home. The science party has left the Revelle in Manila, and the techs and crew have prepped the vessel for the next journey to Taiwan and then on to Sri Lanka. Yair and I extend our thanks to each of the officers, crew and techs who collectively made this a very successful and rewarding cruise...... Before wrapping up I want also to acknowledge the behind-the-scenes help of James Gibson in making this blog possible. He's a grad student in the Dept. of Earth + Environmental Sciences at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University. He generously donated his time and experience assembling the pieces that made this blog function. He and I had a lot of back-and-forths in the early days of the cruise when he silently patched things together to keep our text and pictures readable. Thank you James! ..... To provide a quick summary of what we did and where we did it, here's a map of our core locations and seismic grids. We landed 54 cores (piston, trigger, gravity, Kasten and multi-cores) totaling 225 m in length. We collected and processed (edit-stack-display) twenty-nine 48-channel MCS lines totaling 449 km. One from near the Papua New Guinea margin is shown below. We also gathered 2 plankton tows and 8 CTD measurements with water sampling to 1500 m depths. Continuous swath bathymetry and sub-bottom echo sounding was recorded for the entire cruise.
below the above volcano (and its friends around the bay), which Jeremy
was kind enough to photograph with my camera at dawn while I was
asleep below. Yes, that's steam coming from the crater. As of this
moment (11pm Philippines time) we have about 8 hours of science time
left. By breakfast coring will be a thing of the past, and we will
have 25 hours of transit time to Manila which will be spent packing
and cleaning everything. If there's any time to spare, rest assured it
will be spent playing ping pong.
I think we're all ready to be done, especially considering the pace
we've been working at the past couple of days, but this has been an
amazing trip, and I'm sad it's over.