Monday, February 10, 2014

Ben LaBelle's Internship, Spring 2014 - Part 2

Hey everyone, I thought you might like to see what it’s like collecting the sediment cores Arvind, Meghan and I are working with. Back in September I had the opportunity to help out with the collection cruise to the Gulf of Mexico aboard the RV Weatherbird.
Once we were on site, we would connect the multicorer to the A-frame of the ship, maneuver it to the edge of the deck and then man the guide ropes as the wench lowered the corer over the side of the ship.
As we were sampling in very deep water (1000-2000M) we then had anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours to get ready to process the samples that came back up. Once the multicorer was back at the surface, we assisted in retrieval and then removed the cores for processing.
There were several different labs represented on this cruise, and each processed their cores differently, as necessitated by the types of research they were conducting.
We did have some rough weather that made work challenging some days, but all in all it was a great experience.  

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Ben LaBelle, Florida State University

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