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Dinosaur with cup T-shirt

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Description: Not everyone sent down just a cup. Someone sent down this plastic dinosaur with a T-shirt made from a Styrofoam cup. The cup was loose when it went in and then it shrunk to mold to the dinosaur.

Cups before and after

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Description: It's easy to see in this picture how much the cups shrink when sent down to 2000 meters.

Cups out of the water

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Description: This is what the bags looked like coming back up. Take a close look to compare them to the cups going in.

Cups going in

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Description: The decorated Styrofoam cups go down in mesh bags to 2000 meters.

Thermosalinograph

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Description: The thermosalinograph is set up in the corner of the lab. It pumps water continuously while the ship is underway providing a continuous record of the temperature and salinity of the surface water.

CTD going in

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Description: The CTD goes in twice a day, collecting water and data at certain depths on its way down and and up from 1000 meters.

Bill Williams, Chief S...

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Description: Dr. Bill Williams is the Chief Scientist for the first part of this cruise. Down the hallway in this picture, you can see the small room where the CTD operator sits during each CTD cast.

Enjoying the Sun

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Description: Days lke this are rare, so Kate Darling, Ian Darling, and Rebecca Woodgate took a few minutes to enjoy the sunshine and warm temperatures.

Copepods

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Description: Once we dump out the contents of the cod end of the bongo nets, this is what we find. If you look closely, you can see individual copepods.

Bongo Nets

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Description: Here I am lowering the weights attached to the bongo nets as they go into the water.

Photo by: Kate Darling

Gerald Rohatensky

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Description: Gerald Rohatensky, ship's computer specialist, is always on hand to help the scientists, and everyone else on board. He's been a great help to me.

Stephanie King ready t...

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Description: Once every hour around the clock, someone launches an XBT (eXpendable BathyThermograph) from the stern.

Bill Wiliams and Steph...

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Description: Dr. Bill Willams and Stephanie put the Argo float in over the side of the ship. The float will transmit temperature, salinity, pressre,and dissolved oxygen data for approximately three years.

Off the Bow

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Description: This is what it looks like all around us. I really like the feeling that we are alone out here.

Crew Mess

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Description: This is where the crew eats their meals and where we usually join them.

Gym on Laurier

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Description: gym on board the Sir Wilfrid Laurier - The small gym on board is enough to provide a good workout. I try to get there once a day so I feel a little less guilty about eating so much wonderful food!

Herb and Harold

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Description: Herb and Harold in the kitchen of the Laurier - Herb Lynch (left) and Harold Steed create three amazing meals each day plus snacks to keep us all going.

Kate Darling working a...

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Description: Kate Darling spends 8-10 hours each day looking through her microscope to identify, sort, and save hundreds of forams, tiny zooplankton.

Kate Darling on deck

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Description: Kate uses a plankton net which goes down and is brought back up vertically in order to collect organisms from a 100 meter water column. Even though she is only studying foraminifera, she collects lots of other plankton which she must sort and discard before doing her own work.

Ian Recording

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Description: Ian Darling recording bird counts - Ian Darling must keep an accurate record of the numbers and species of all the birds he sees.



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