Tagged: Antarctic voyage

Antarctic voyage: Mud, mud, glorious mud - Field Work

Guest Author Feb 28, 2013

Date: 27/2/2013 Location: 66.5914˚S, 148.064901˚E Weather: 10 knots and clear Sea state: Calm …Nothing quite like it for cooling the blood. Especially when the air temperature is below freezing. Multibeam data for canyons. [Helen Bostock; data supplied by Alix Post,Geoscience Australia]We have successfully collected a couple of cores from the Antarctic slope in between some … Read More

Antarctic Voyage: The biological pump – the importance of microscopic phytoplankton - Field Work

Guest Author Feb 27, 2013

Writtenby  Helen Bostock (Marine Geologist, NIWA) and Elizabeth Shadwick (ACE CRC) Date: 26/2/2013 Location: 65.111248°S, 146.056312°E Weather: Sunny, less than 20 knots Simplified Antarctic food web. [Courtney Derriman]Sea state: 1-3 m swell Phytoplankton are microscopic plants that live at the surface of the ocean. There are billions of them in ocean surface waters, which are then grazed … Read More

Antarctic Voyage: The discovery of the Mertz Region - Field Work

Guest Author Feb 26, 2013

Written by Dr Helen Bostock  (Marine Geologist, NIWA). Date: 25/2/2013 Location: 65.507326°E, 143.982206°S Weather: Cloudy and foggy, gentle wind (<20 knots) Sea State: 2-3 m swell Given the issues we are having with accessing the coast due to the sea ice this year, it seems incredible that just over 100 years ago an Australian expedition landed … Read More

Antarctic Voyage: Hump day – half way through the trip - Field Work

Guest Author Feb 25, 2013

Written by Dr Helen Bostock  (Marine Geologist, NIWA). Date: 22/2/2013 Location: 64.838758°S, 142.310661°E Weather: 20 knots, cloudy Sea state: 2-3 m swell Humpback whales We are now half way through the voyage…. it seems to be going by quickly. While most people were at lunch today, we were visited by 5 or 6 large humpback whales … Read More

Antarctic Voyage: Could the past be the key to the present? - Field Work

Guest Author Feb 25, 2013

Written by Molly Paterson (PhD student, Antarctic Research Centre, VUW). Date:21/2/2013 Location: 65.17903°S, 141.413812°E Weather: Cloudy with winds up to 30 knots Sea state: 3-4 m swell Molly logging a sediment core. [Helen Bostock]Over the last week, while the oceanographers have been studying the hydrology of the slope, the geologists have recovered two cores. We … Read More