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It's really on... University of Rhode Island PhD student, Brennan Phillips, along with myself, are in the Solomon Islands in the western equatorial Pacific to discover and document hydrothermal activity of the deep waters here. And, we are going to look at an erupting volcano.
The TREET program is in the thick of it. Transforming remotely conducted research one day at a time as they work in direct communication and interact with the E/V Nautilus. They are studying the Caribbean Sea's most active submarine volcano, Kick 'em Jenny.
It's been a little over a week since the Nautilus has been searching the depths for the next big discovery. Not to downplay anything here - I mean, they have been at sea since early June you know. So far this summer they have been exploring the “Unknown America.”
Dr. Dwight Coleman, the director of the Inner Space Center, left last week to board the E/V Nautilus and become the Expedition Leader.
Yesterday, on August 4th 2014, the watchstander team took advantage of some E/V Nautilus transit time and ventured to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI) to see the new National Science Foundation research vessel Sikuliaq. Based out of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Seward Marine Center in Seward, Alaska, this 261 foot polar-class 5 ice breaker is equipped to break through 2.5 feet of ice and sail with up to 26 scientists and a full crew. Reluctant to miss any trip to WHOI, the presence of an ice-breaker on the east coast further sweetened the prospective excursion, and upon seeing the R/V Sikuliaq, we were surely not disappointed.
Welcome to the second installment of the Inner Space Center’s ‘Wreck-ollections’, wherein we take a closer look at some of the fascinating shipwrecks we’ve visited or re-discovered. This season has found us diving on a series of historical wrecks from WWII, and so we will go back to the beginning of the summer, to the wreck of U-boat 166.
One of the most frequently observed organisms we saw was during July was the Venus Flytrap Anemone, or Actinoscyphi. We found these organisms on wrecks and many geological structures.