Leg One, Papahānaumokuākea Monument

Cruise Log

Mark Schrope

Will the Real Hawaiian Seamounts Please Stand Up (Higher)?

We've made our way back from a productive and successful cruise. In total, we mapped 18 seamounts (or seamount-like features), including nine named seamounts (Academician...

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Daniel Wagner

More Questions Than Answers

The excellent data coming from Falkor’s high-resolution multibeam sonars have revealed breathtaking, never-before-seen details on every feature we’ve mapped so far in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. But...

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Jonathan Tree

Midway: a Battleground Millions of Years in the Making

Running a sonar survey around Midway Atoll—a task we just completed—is bound to inspire some reflection about its history. The Battle of Midway in 1942...

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Chris Kelley

Topography for the Birds

In sailing lore, albatross—like the ones that have been following Falkor—are generally considered good omens. But for those of us trying to study whales we haven’t...

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Daniel Wagner

Gravity and the Search for the Secret Chamber

Did you know that even on the calmest day, the sea surface is not as flat as it seems? The sea level at a given...

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John Smith

Craters, Ridges, and Seamounts, Oh My!

Three days ago, we finally made it up to the far northern end of the Monument. Thanks to Captain Buchner’s skill at interpreting sophisticated weather...

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Chris Kelley

Life on the Monkey Deck

It was day three of our voyage to Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument when Colleen Peters, one of Falkor’s marine technicians, noticed some strange interference lines on...

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Daniel Wagner

All Systems Go

Early Saturday morning Falkor entered the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument (PMNM) with all systems up and running. Once we crossed that boundary, those of us who’d not...

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Eric King

Almost Underway

Today was our second day mobilizing for a planned departure tomorrow morning. It’ll take us about 12 hour running to reach the waters of the...

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Chris Kelly.

Leg One, Papahānaumokuākea Monument

The first leg of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument mapping project ran from March 7th to April 11th. Please click on the Cruise Log and...

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