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Journals 2008/2009

Jeff Lawrence
Lowrey Middle School, Tahlequah, OK

"Factors Controlling Coccolithophore Calcification in the Ocean"
R/V Roger Revelle
December 4, 2008 - January 2, 2009
Journal Index:
December 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10
                11 - 12 - 13 - 14 - 15 - 16 - 17
                18 - 19 - 20 - 21 - 22 - 23 - 24
                25 - 26 - 27 - 28 - 29 - 30 - 31 January 1 - 2

December 25, 2008
Merry Christmas from sea!

Santa (Jack DiTullio) fills his belly as Barney tries to be the Grinch that ate all the peanut brittle.
Plenty to eat with many to share

Today is Christmas aboard the R/V ROGER REVELLE and everyone is excited. We are all far from home and missing our loved ones. This is the first Christmas I have ever spent away from my family and the same is true for many aboard the REVELLE. All of us on the REVELLE want to ensure our families that we are doing fine and will be thinking of them today. Many of us hope to contact family members via email or Skype sometime during the day. Rest assured that we all plan to have a great meal and good fellowship with our shipmates on this holiday. Science doesn't take holidays or recognize the significance of the day as we do. Although science will continue at a steady pace aboard the ship today, time will be taken for a great dinner and to embellish in the significance of this special day that we all celebrate each year in our own ways. Decorations have been hung and preparations for the meal were made well in advance of the day arriving. The remoteness of the area we are in allows us all to find a quiet place on the ship maybe on the deck somewhere to ponder our thoughts about this day, each other, and especially our families whom we love and miss. Tonight we will only be eight miles off shore of the Falklands and hope to see land. Even though we will not go ashore, land will be a welcome sight since we have not seen any in over three weeks. From all the crew, scientists, a teacher, and others we wish you a Merry Christmas and a joyous holiday season. Below are some pictures of us enjoying Christmas at sea aboard the REVELLE.

Bruce Bowler is ready for a foggy night.
O Christmas Tree

Questions of the Day:
  1. How long has the REVELLE crew been at sea?
  2. What season is it in the southern hemisphere?