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June 9, 2019
Improving the odds
Overnight, the ‘star sieve’ returned several hundred grams of rocky material with characteristics similar to what we are looking for in meteorites – black-colored rocks with a smooth exterior surface. But when ALL of the samples from multiple sites look that way, you have either hit the jackpot or something else is going on.
June 6, 2019
Seafloor mud is a mucknificent thing. The soft surface of well-sorted, very fine silt and mud provides a wonderful foundation for benthic organisms, but also allows all the larger, coarser, and heavier rocks – including the meteorites we seek – to bury themselves within.
June 5, 2019
The Hunt for the Quinault meteorite begins
The sea is pitching 8 foot swells at the R/V Falkor as the “Seeking Space Rocks” team transits to the first dive site in Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary. We have three days to look for meteorites on the seafloor, the second time this has ever been attempted.
June 4, 2019
Sea trials and error
My love for the ocean began on the protected shore of Terrace Beach on Vancouver Island, surrounded by shorelines armored with rocky outcroppings that create structures for tide pools hundreds of organisms call home.
June 3, 2019
Curiosity: The cat’s best friend
By Abrian Curington As the artist on board for these sea trials, it is my job to create an illustrated map to commemorate the trip, as well as some illustrated travel journaling. Though it would be great to get right to drawing, before I can lay pen to paper, I get to do copious research. Essentially, this means I move around making notes and doodles of seemingly irrelevant objects and …
April 4, 2019
New deep-ocean videos and an artist-at-sea report
An abstract radiolarian sculpture visits the sea, and two video updates from scientists on the R/V Falkor.
March 29, 2019
4k ROV highlights — research cruise video update
“It is one of the most magnificent things I have ever seen in the natural world.”
Reports from three artists-at-sea
The R/V Falkor has three artists along on a research cruise to provide new and different perspectives on ocean research. Here’s what they are doing…
March 26, 2019
Research cruise log: Artists-at-sea
Three artists join the crew to explore new perspectives on ocean science.
March 19, 2019
Research cruise log update: Guaymas Basin
Two videos and an oil painting from the current cruise of the Schmidt Ocean Institute’s R/V Falkor: Microbial mysteries — linking microbial communities and environmental drivers