Flushing the loo in the Southern Hemisphere

Hurray! We just crossed the equator into the Southern Hemisphere! Everyone has been waiting for this moment in the computer lab, crowding around the screens as the Latitude changed from N to S through a number of zeros. There was no red line to cross or a welcome sign floating. Just an imaginary line imposed on the surface of the vast ocean and us with our numbers.

Roger Revelle crosses the equator!

Roger Revelle crosses the equator!

The ocean has been relatively calm as if welcoming us with a warm embrace. Or perhaps it is just a front, beckoning us deeper into the heart of the ocean only to swallow us into the storm of storms (Luck seems to be on our side looking at the sea state predictions – guess Poseidon likes us). We are approaching our first waypoint where we will survey the area for an ideal location for a gravity core so hopefully Poseidon stays with us. So, now that we are in the Southern Hemisphere, which direction will the flush of the loo go? Clockwise or Anti-clockwise?


The birds are singing

I woke up to the sound of a bird chirping. Warned about how loud this bird might be, it was actually rather pleasant. At a lower frequency, another bird sang with softer but quick screechy tones.

Mt Robert

Mt. Robert has a prominence of roughly 700 m

Jam packed with action, the computer lab was bustling with people making sense of the 15 screens in front of them – it is really just five (maybe). Oh a seamount! Amidst the happy chatter and chirping, we named it Robert. The bird was not happy about Mount Robert and lost its bottom tracking. After freaking out for a while, it finally found the bottom clearing Mount Robert.

Pseudo-Side Scan of Mount Robert

Pseudo-Side Scan of Mount Robert

About 6 hours later, the birds found a hill of roughly 50 m and it was named Soli Hill, after Soli, who first noticed the anomaly. More appropriately known as Soli Hills, it turned out to be more complicated than it seems. Well, all in all, the birds are happy and chirping away.

More about the birds later.

— <a href=”>Joyce</a>



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