Greetings from the R/V Revelle! As it has taken a few days to get this site up and running, I will attempt to summarize the last few days in this post and keep on a somewhat regular schedule. There will be updates from myself and from the other scientists aboard the cruise to share about the project and the experience of living at sea for a month.
Most of us arrived in Auckland a couple of days before boarding the ship, and after boarding on 16 May, had until the 19th before getting underway. We took the time to gather any last minute provisions as well as see as much of the city as possible. Auckland is incredibly beautiful and diverse. The city has a lot of relief, and is comprised of and surrounded by cinder cones and other volcanic features. A group of us traversed 30-plus kilometers (on foot) over the course of two days, taking sites such as the Auckland Museum and hiking to the top of Mt. Eden. Pictures to follow.
At 16:00 on 19 May, the Revelle was underway toward our first heat flow transect waypoint. The transit took 27 hours and was a bit intense for my inexperienced mind and body. I learned quickly that using a computer is similar to reading while in the car for me, and that it is not a good thing while in transit. I also learned that my bed was the dearest friend in the world.
We arrived at the first waypoint at about 19:00 on 20 May and began the process of deploying the heat probe. From then until now (17:00, 21 May) we have moved through 16 waypoints to procure heat flow data just seaward of the trench. We will then transit for approximately 3 hours to our next transect.
Until next time,