This is a pretty remarkable time to be alive, and an even better one to be young. Life here on planet Earth seems to be changing, slowly now, but already the difference between life today and life 20 years ago is astounding
This is the kind of supportive and strenuous environment is exactly what I hoped I’d experience on my leg of Visions’14, and what I will strive to be part of, both professionally and personally, in the future
Leg 4 of the VISIONS’14 Expedition departed Newport, Oregon, today after a packed 2.5-day mobilization. The R/V Thompson is once again “loaded to the gills” with cables, junction boxes, instruments, and mooring packages
The end of Leg 3 is approaching rapidly, and we successfully met every goal for this leg of the VISIONS14 expedition, including some originally scheduled for Leg 2. We’ll be back in Newport by morning. On to Leg 4!
We have another first to report: the first deployment of a two-legged shallow profiler mooring at the Endurance Oregon Offshore site! The mooring operations were smooth, safe, and ultimately a complete success, thanks to a remarkable run of calm weather.
Over the last few days, while waiting for the weather to improve, we spent nights doing water sampling and one extremely long sonar survey, and ROPOS Dive 1750 went to Hydrate Ridge, where methane gas naturally bubbles out of the sediment.