Check out the official blog for the research cruise MIST (Multi-frequency Imaging of the Sunda Trench) led by students from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego that started Dec. 27, 2013.
The University of California Ship Funds program is providing support for this mission. The cruise will be conducted on board R/V Roger Revelle and will be underway from December 2013 to January 2014 in the Indian Ocean. The study will focus on the Sunda trench, which forms part of the convergent boundary between the oceanic Indo-Australian plate and the Eurasian continental plate. The cruise will perform a survey to create high-resolution images of the bathymetry and near-surface structure of the seafloor west of the Mentawai islands, off the coast of the larger island of Sumatra. In addition, sediment cores will be collected from the seafloor to investigate the climate of the Indian Ocean stretching back thousands of years.