A Song of Water & Mud

No land for miles and miles

No land for miles and miles  

At around 10:00PM on New Years Eve, the ship arrived on station and we finally got out of the computer lab to get our hands dirty.  By “on station”, I mean that we positioned ourselves at 90E longitude on an oceanic ridge 3100 meters (2 miles) above the seafloor, instead of the usual ~4200 meters (2.8 miles).  Out here in the open ocean it basically looks like we’re in the exact same place, except that now everything is upside down since we’re in the Southern Hemisphere. Continue reading