INSPIRE: Chile Margin 2010: Mission Logs: Exploring the Musicians Seamounts

Mission Logs

Follow along as participants in the cruise provide updates and reflections on their experiences, the science, the technology, and other elements of the expedition.

  • Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica

    April 12, 2010  |  By Andrew Thurber

    One may ask why a daily update about cruise off of Chile is being sent from Cost Rica?

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  • Trench Work

    March 14, 2010  |  By Monica Heintz

    We have come to the end of the cruise and to our final sampling destination, the Peru-Chile Trench.

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  • Scavengers at Sea

    March 13, 2010  |  By Ashlee Henig

    The last few days aboard the research vessel (R/V) Melville have (fortunately) yielded productive multicores and trawls.

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  • Broken Multicore x Four

    March 12, 2010  |  By Benjamin Maurer

    It has been days since we've recovered the multicore with any workable samples in it, and the scientists are growing restless.

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  • Marine Science in Chile Shaken

    March 9, 2010  |  By Lisa Levin

    On February 27 I went down to my cabin to nap before a load of core samples arrived on deck. It was after 3 a.m. and a long stretch of work remained. As I headed down, all was well.

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  • Ensalada Pepino

    March 8, 2010  |  By Alexis Pasulka

    Today began a new part of our adventure. We arrived at the Concepcion methane seep area (CMSA) this morning and immediately prepared for sampling with the video-guided multicore.

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  • Science's Gunslingers

    March 8, 2010  |  By Danny Richter

    Death, like formaldehyde, is a part of science.

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  • Post-Triple Junction Blues

    March 7, 2010  |  By Christopher German

    Today we’ve been traveling north and taking time out for reflection and recuperation.

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  • Requiem Explorator

    March 6, 2010  |  By Jordan Stanway

    In oceanography, if your number of recoveries is equal to your number of deployments, you are having a good day.

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  • Harold Tours the R/V Melville

    March 6, 2010  |  By Monica Heintz

    Hello out there! Harold (the adventure monkey) here. I am Monica Heintz' travel companion.

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  • “What Goes Up, Must Come Down”

    March 5, 2010  |  By Andrew Thurber

    ...but the corollary is not true.

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  • Wanna Get Some Mud?

    March 5, 2010  |  By Rosa León-Zayas

    Day 7 of our cruise was a day of fast decision-making based on data recovered.

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  • Location, Location, Location

    March 4, 2010  |  By Ashlee Henig

    As I write this log, I’m sitting in the main lab watching Chief Scientist Andrew Thurber and "res tech" Jim maneuver our video-equipped multi-core along the seafloor for the fourth time this cruise.

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  • Earthquake Relevance

    March 3, 2010  |  By Donna Blackman, Christopher German, and Ashlee Henig

    Today we are mapping and sampling offshore along the Chile margin, a few hundred miles south of where the recent earthquake occurred.

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  • Close, But No Cigar

    March 2, 2010  |  By Benjamin Grupe

    Being a rather tall person, I often am asked how I like life at sea when ships are built for people shorter than me.

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  • Plumes...Where Did They Go?

    March 1, 2010  |  By Christina Tanner

    Being a rather tall person, I often am asked how I like life at sea when ships are built for people shorter than me.

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  • 2,600 Meters Below the Tsunami

    February 28, 2010  |  By Benjamin Maurer

    A magnitude 8.8 earthquake shook Santiago early Saturday morning. We were miles off shore in water 2,600 meters (8,530 feet) deep, running operations on the seafloor with the multicorer.

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  • Radioactive Women from Santa Barbara

    February 27, 2010  |  By Stephanie Mendes

    This is Day 3 on board the research vessel (R/V) Melville, and things are starting to come together.

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  • Gumby Goes to Sea

    February 26, 2010  |  By Alexis Pasulka

    Preparation for science is officially underway. Today we continued setting up our equipment on the research vessel (R/V) Melville.

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  • Bubble Boy

    February 25, 2010  |  By Danny Richter

    It is amazing to watch 38 scientists unpacking.

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