R/V Roger Revelle
During my time at the Lamont-Doherty Core Repository I had the opportunity to assist in the planning and execution of sediment core collection from the western tropical Pacific. Aboard the R/V Roger Revelle, we traveled from Suva, Fiji to Pago Pago, American Samoa, Alotau, Papua New Guinea, and finally docked in Manila, Philippines.
The R/V Roger Revelle at port in Suva, Fiji
This will be home for the next month.
Don’t tell the captain I never returned this pass.
Arriving in Pago Pago, American Samoa
I remember the technical crew ran to McDonald’s and cleaned house. They had been at sea for 3 months prior to meeting with us in Fiji.
The sea was angry that day my friends
I was actually very seasick for about a week until I gained my sea legs.
Somewhere in the western tropical Pacific
The weather was mostly like this though. At night you could see the stars reflected on the still ocean.
Captain Wes Hill (left) discusses the coring plan with the seismic imaging team.
Deploying a push corer
This sampler is typically used to gently capture undisturbed sediments at the sediment-water interface.
Preparing meters of PVC pipe for deep sea coring.
Deploying the gravity corer
The gravity corer relies on the weights placed on the top side to penetrate soft sediments.
The process occurs very slowly as to not stir up sediment or potentially damage the sampling equipment.
R/V Revelle ping-pong tournament
The apex of shipboard entertainment is ping-pong. Nothing can compare to playing tournaments during 10 meter swells and the table moves from underneath the ball.
Equator crossing certificate
There was also a secret ceremony that i’m not allowed to discuss.