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6 January 2017

Drawing From A Life at Sea

Hi there! My name is Lucy Bellwood and I am the artist-at-sea aboard R/V Falkor’s Johnston Atoll transit-cruise. I am a professional adventure cartoonist, tasked with having unusual, exciting experiences and bringing back comics that allow my readers to learn about them.

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A Lifetime Underwater

Long gone are the days when she would come back home from mapping expeditions carrying two 100-megabyte tapes and a thick roll of maps. That is, thirty days of ocean floor mapping producing no more than 200 megabytes of information. Today 16 beams on the sonar have become 450, which translates into 92 megabytes per hour.

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Preparing for Mapping the Marine National Monument

“When it comes to biology, we really have no idea what is down there,” explains Dr. Joyce Miller, multibeam mapping scientist. “We need to map the area first in order to know where to look in future exploration.”

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4 January 2017

A Student at Sea

It has been hard containing my excitement since I first found out I would be a participant this past July. I am sure my friends and family were sick and tired of me constantly talking about being on the Falkor.

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28 December 2016

Unexplored Ocean Depths Bustling with Life, Despite Extreme Conditions

This is the first series of scientific dives for ROV SuBastian. Equipped with numerous cameras, including a high-definition 4K video camera, the dives were live streamed onto YouTube and watched by millions. The multidisciplinary team will continue to analyze the data and samples collected during this expedition to advance research on how life thrives on these extreme deep-sea hydrothermal vents.

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26 December 2016

Hydrothermal Hunt: From ‘Wow!’ to ‘Why?’

It takes two and a half hours to get to the seafloor, but the view you get is worth the wait.

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23 December 2016

Mighty Microbes of the Deep Ocean

The global ocean comprises Earth’s biggest microbiome, with at least half of the ocean’s microbial biomass occurring beneath the ocean floor.

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Searching For Life – Week Two Highlights – First Views

Watch giant smokers and tiny “chimlets,” along with cannibalistic crabs and scavenger shrimps (and more!)

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4 November 2016

The small hours

Eight days have gone by on this expedition, and ever-present Trichodesmium blooms are most likely the reason why the experts have been spotting plenty of marine life. Today is no exception as blowhole sounds alert the team.

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Winds of change

For the past eight days, Falkor has been operating close to land, but it will soon be time to head into the open ocean. Stronger winds and ocean swells are expected, and with them, increased complexity in the operations.

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3 November 2016

The dust people

Rachel and William are the “Dust People.” They are interested in how trace metals suspended in the air enter the ocean after traveling long distances through wind, and what happens to them after they do.

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