Remember that post about how deep Alvin dives? Well, here’s a visual representation of how much pressure an object (like Alvin) would feel at 3870 meters (12,700 feet, or nearly 2.5 miles).
Images by Maris Wicks; text with the assistance of Eric Mittelstaedt, University of Idaho
Here’s a look back at our arrival on the ship and our first week of science.
It’s often a challenge to convey scale, especially when it comes to really, really tiny things (I’m looking at you, atoms*) to really, really big things (ahem, Solar System). Visual representation can help us to see or comprehend scale, especially in places that we cannot often go (like the deep sea or space)! The environment […]
When we first announced our individual cruises, my sister Sarah and I were excited that we were going to overlap while at sea. But we were even more excited to learn that we are connected out here in a way few sisters can claim.
Well, it didn’t take long. Just a few hours after arriving on deck from our first Alvin dive, one of the glassy fragments of basalt went “POP!” right on the sample table.
When you take your first dive in Alvin, one thing is certain: no matter what you see or what you find, you’ll be welcomed back on Atlantis with a bucket (or two) of seawater that has been kept in the ship’s refrigerator just for your return. Even, as Mark Kurz discovered, if you’re the Chief Scientist. (Photos […]
The journey from Barbados to the location on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge where popping rocks were once found takes approximately 4 days. During that time, we’ve got data to collect and record! Here’s what we’re looking for and why, as well as the devices that are used to collect that data.
Welcome aboard R/V Atlantis!