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What is the Cascadia Initiative?

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Dean Livelybrooks here blogging in English.  You may wonder why we are out at sea dropping and recovering ocean-bottom seismometers and pressure gauges.  One of our scientific goals is to collect data about small earthquakes and seafloor uplift or deformation that, in turn, tells us about the 'locked zone' where the next big Cascadia earthquake will occur.  We can't detect these earthquakes from on-shore.

On to the next OBS!

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Hi everyone, this is Haley!  We just picked up J17B (another TRM Ocean Bottom Seismometer) using the Jason ROV and Medea's assistance and we are on our way to the next one, M10B.  The water is extremely calm and smooth out here today and the weather couldn't be better, lots of sun and not too much wind.  The trip is going by so fast, there is constantly something to do on the boat between filming, watching bathymety surveys, helping on deck, and trying to fit in sleep somewhere!

Day 4 - Friday the 28th

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Hello everyone. It's Katie blogging in English.

Under the sea....

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Day 3 on the Pacific, cruising on the research vessel (R/V) Atlantis.  We've all had a long day.  First recovery this morning the mechanism for releasing a float tied to the ocean-bottom seismometer failed.  ROV Jason to the rescue however.  A bit of a 'thunk' with one of Jason's remote-controlled arms and the OBS released it's 'pop-up' buoy.  Reminded me of how my dad used to 'fix' our old-style TV when it malfunctioned, a whap to the side applied just so.

First Impressions

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Hey all, Lexi here. I'm a freshly minted undergrad graduate of Scripps who applied to the cascadia iniatitive through the apply to sail program and luckily got chosen! This is my first time on a ship of this caliber and size and therefore had no idea what to expect.  Here's a few of my first thoughts on the whole experience:

-Sea sickness is a total luck of the draw.  I was one of the fortunate few who experienced very few symptoms, others were  out for the count for a day.  Luckily plenty of hydration cures all.

Day 3 on the R/V Atlantis

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Dean Livelybrooks here, blogging in English


I'm writing from the computer lab in the Research Vessel Atlantis.   We are at sea in the Pacific.  This is our offical blog. Among us there are English, Spanish, French and German speakers, and we will identify our language as we post.  There are 22 of us among the science crew on this cruise.

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