Today we set off on our research expedition on the R/V Revelle from Auckland harbor in New Zealand. We are headed to our deep-sea vent study sites along the Eastern Lau Spreading Center (ELSC) in the Southwestern Pacific. We will be studying the microbiology and geochemistry of several of the deep-sea vents sites using the remotely operated vehicle (ROV) Jason II that is designed, built, and operated by engineers and scientists from the Deep Submergence Laboratory at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, Woods Hole, USA. Our first site will be the southern most site, the Mariner vent field, at -22°S, -179.6°W and at a depth of about 1900 m.
|Science and crew gather on deck as we begin our expedition|
|Anna-Louise and Jessica saying goodbye to Auckland|
|Top clockwise: Morgan avoiding the glare, Jeff, Sean and Morgan setting up lab, Auckland skyline as we leave the harbor|
We will update this blog often as the cruise progresses with more detailed descriptions of our dive sites, the methods we will use to study them, and our new discoveries. We hope you follow along with us on our cruise and feel to use the comments section in our blog to interact with our scientists and ask questions as we go-- we would love to hear from you!