|Weather Conditions:||Force 3, sunny|
|Wind Speed:||NW 6 Knots|
The final day of sampling and we encounter problems with the weather and the equipment. We got in a few casts before the weather got so bad the Captain once again halted casts. But we did notice that the lanyards, as a result of the constant exposure to heat in the brines, began to warp. So any that looked iffy were replaced with brand new ones.
After 4 hours waiting it was deemed that we could try once more. The wave action, however, had reduced some of the slack in the wire causing 18 of the 24 bottles to misfire. So once back onboard we set everything up once more for a final cast and slowly lowered the package into the water.
Although it was taxing, we ended the sampling on a fully successful cast that hit the mark and all bottles fired properly. On such a positive note we set course for KAUST Harbor to arrive about midday on the 14th.
Interesting Fact: Onboard the vessel we not only had English, Arabic and Greek being spoken at all times but we also had the occasional conversations in German, Portuguese, Spanish and Cantonese.
|Weather Conditions:||Force 2, sunny|
|Wave Height:||2 meter|
Dr. Andre Antunes' (KAUST RSSE) 5um pre-filter coated in metalic minerals after filtering liters of Atlantic II brine water.
Things are going well. The scientists from each organization have specified precisely what temperature and salinity ranges they desire samples from and as a result of the data obtained via the HRCTD and Star Oddi tags we have been succeeding with each cast. ... read more