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Rough Waters

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Hello World Wide Web,

What are the student volunteers' typical responsibilities?

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Hello World Wide Web!


The following blog summarizes our responsbilties as student volunteers onboard Oceanus.


Log deployments and recoveries

First Days Onboard Oceanus

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Hello World Wide Web!

I'm Magali, one of the five volunteers onboard the Oceanus, a 177 ft (54 m) research vessel owned by the National Science Foundation and operated by Oregon State University (OSU). 

Figure 1: The Oceanus research vessel docked at Newport, Oregon.

Life at sea aboard Oceanus for the Cascadia Initiative-- pre-cruise

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Dean Livelybrooks (aka 'Dr. D.') reporting on 1-September, 2014.

Near the end of the cruise

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Dean here, reporting in English,

We're sailing obliquely across the swells, bearing northeast towards the 'hydrate ridge' off of Oregon's coast.  These past 3-4 days have been tough, an unusual weather pattern settled in with a low stuck over California and a high over the Pacific Northwest.  As a consquence, winds built out of the northwest to gale force, approaching 50 knots (that's more than 50 miles per hour) and whipping the seas into a froth of confused waves riding growing swells.  

OPB news

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Hey there, hi there, ho there.  Haley here just starting out my shift and thought i would let you all know that we were featured on THE OPB (Oregon Public Broadcasting) this morning!  If you would like to take a look see, just follow this link =>


hope you all enjoy it and have a fantastic night!


Lots of recoveries, vent survey

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This is Anton Ypma from the midnight shift - we had a great day and recovered a lot of seismometers. Only one failed to release it's buoy, so we had to send the Jason down to help it out. The sea is getting a bit rougher than it has been, and due to the fact that the seismometers that we're recovering now don't have light beacons or radio transmitters on their buoys, we can't recover them in the dark, so we've stopped for the night.

A Whirlwind of Jason Dives

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Hey all,  this is Lexi blogging from the midnight mauraders shift, as we like to call ourselves. Working from 12-4am means we're awake and sleeping at strange hours and mischief is bound to occur.

Styrofoam cup experiment!

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Hello everyone!  Haley here.  We sent down a few styrofoam cups with Jason to about 900 meters below the surface in a mesh bag, and what came back was a styrofoam cup the size of a small Dixie cup. The reasoning behind this?... When styrofoam is STP (standard temperature and pressure) on the surface, it isn't actually completely solid and has air trapped in between the bits of styrofoam.  The high pressure in water this deep caused the air to be pushed out of the foam and shrunk the cup down to its now miniature size.

Short Musings of an Experience at Sea

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Hey everyone, this is Jonás Cervantes

It's day 5 of the R/V Atlantis cruise. Honestly, it feels like we've been out at sea for a little over a week, but at the same time it feels like we've barely left Astoria (Oregon).

The days just seem to slide into each other, not bothering telling you their names, nor their hours. All there is the work, the research and the seismometer recoveries. Each melding into the other, like some sort of sweet smelling, salty tasting stew.

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