Log Post: Never Growing Tide of Life on a Ship

Hi there! My name is Sydney Adams, and I am one of two students aboard the transit of research vessel Falkor from Astoria, OR to Honolulu, HI. The transit, while having no science party aboard, is completing multi-beam and magnetometer scans of the seafloor, as well as a seamount, along the way. Only 15% of … Continued

Log Post: WaterWord of the Day: Benthic Zone

The WaterWord: Benthic Zone Definition: How low can you go? Well, no lower than this, anyway. The benthic zone is the lowest ecological zone in a water body, and usually involves the sediments at the seafloor. These sediments play an important role in providing nutrients for the organisms that live in the benthic zone. Etymology: Benthic comes … Continued

Log Post: Bringing the Bubbles Home

As the R/V Falkor passes Cape Disappointment back into the mouth of the Columbia River, with Astoria rising in the background, I reflect back on our 21 days at sea. And what comes back to me the most is I never knew there was so much that can be studied about bubbles. I have studied animals … Continued

Log Post: WaterWord of the Day: Foraminifera

The WaterWord: Foraminifera Definition: Foraminifera are a group of protists similar to amoebas that mostly live in the world’s oceans. Many of them live in the benthic sediments, though some float in the water column. Foraminifera eat a wide variety of things, and some species even steal chlorophyll from the algae they eat to do their own … Continued

Log Post: Wrap Up Video – Hunting Bubbles

“After three weeks out here, we’ve really brought it all together: The biology that is living here, the geology that anchors it, and the chemistry that fuels it. With cutting edge technology, we’ll be able to reveal the secrets of these seeps!” The #HuntingBubbles wrap up video ties together the disciplines, and discoveries, of this … Continued

Log Post: WaterWord of the Day: Chemoherm

The WaterWord: Chemoherm Definition: Chemoherms are carbonate rock formations that have built up around methane seeps from the bodies of creatures that live near the methane seeps and rely on them for food, either directly or by consuming the organisms that live off the methane. Etymology: Chemoherm is made up of chemo- and herm. Chemo- comes from chemistry, which itself comes … Continued

Log Post: Bringing the Lab to the Field

Usually when scientists do research, they go into the field, take samples, then bring them back to the lab. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill research engineer Howard Mendlovitz, working with Professor Chris Martens wants to reverse that. “I want to take the lab to the field,” he said. “I prefer doing all of … Continued

Log Post: Hunting Bubbles – Week 02 Video Update

Robots, rare gases, tests with hydrochloric acid, and more – check out the second #HuntingBubbles weekly update video for in-depth explanations to the many facets being studied on this expedition. There is so much more to this expedition than “just” looking at bubbles, rocks, and fish: these are fascinating systems weaving together in an amazingly … Continued