Exploring the Submerged New World 2012: 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.

  • Video Log, Day 6

    July 25, 2012

    Divers had success early on sampling bedrock chert at Unit 2 of the Brownstone site, but their work came to an abrupt halt when a large wave swamped one of the dredge engines.

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  • Forging Ahead at Brownstone

    July 24, 2012  |  By Holly Perdue

    Our fifth day out to sea was once again filled with challenges that our group overcame by working together, in conjunction with the crew of the R/V Wheatherbird II. Mother Nature's wrath poured upon us throughout the morning.

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  • Storm Squalls and Knappable Stone

    July 23, 2012  |  By Kim Smith

    The afternoon was far more productive than the morning. The small storm cells had passed and we were able to complete all necessary dredge repairs (refitting an engine and combining two 100 ft hoses) and put divers in the water to redeploy the dredge hose.

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  • Working at Brownstone

    July 22, 2012  |  By Kim Smith

    July 22nd proved to be a testing day. Initial probing of our excavation area indicated the sand deposit was very thin above the bedrock so we decided to move our excavation loci. We are still at the Brownstone site, but have identified new square meters to excavate in search of submerged cultural resources.

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  • First Days Out

    July 21, 2012  |  By Kim Smith

    The R/V Weatherbird II officially set sail on July 20th at approximately 4 pm for the offshore, underwater expedition. Our first destination is approximately 20 miles off the mouth of the Suwannee River, a 12 hour trip from St. Petersburg.

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