5 November, 1995

November 5, 1995

Location: 61 33' south Latitude 54 34' west Longitude

Update: What a wild night. The streamer was deployed, we had left the shelter of the Bransfield Straight and had headed back into the Drake Passage. It was a restless night for everyone, parcticularly the Marine Technicians who had to bring in the streamer due to rough conditions at about 3:00 AM. I woke this morning to 15 foot seas and strong winds, quite different from the calm beautiful morning on Saturday.

One thing that you find out quickly on a research ship is that time is relative. There are no weekends or set schedules. People get things done when that need to be done. That means 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Sometimes that means being out on deck at 4:00 am after you have been working since 6:00 am the previous day.

We returned from the Drake back to Bransfield Straight where we are currently doing a series of testing using the ZAPS Sled from Oregon State. We are trying a couple of sites near what appear to be active volcanic areas from our recent ocean bottom mapping of the area. We will also be taking water samples at a variety of depths using the CTD Collector. The OSU team will be testing these water samples for Helium and Radon in parcticular.

The seas and winds have calmed considerably from this morning, but it won't be a clear night tonight. We have been discussing at dinners how it would be nice to get out and look at the southern stars. We hope to get some relief soon. Most of our current weather information is provided through the University of Wisconsin at Madison. They have a group of meteorologists who prepare weather maps and forecasts for the Palmer, the Polar duke and Palmer Station here in Antarctica. They use satellite information to prepare maps, and we get them by email on a regular basis.

For the most part it has been a very quite day. When we are working with the ZAPS sled, the ship is not moving. At that point we say that the ship is at station. In calm weather it is really nice. You can go out on deck, and you only have to contend with the wind or breeze. The birds fly a little closer, and the ice comes toward you. The pace of nature is very relaxing, and it is common to have many of the staff out on deck just sitting and seeing the sights.

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