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Life at Sea: An Oceanographer's Adventure

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Photo of 3 crew members, "tag lines" and equipment on the ship's deck.

The deck crew works to control the "tag lines," synthetic line or rope, that helps them guide the Conductivity-Temperature-Depth (CTD) rosette into the water. Coordination and teamwork are required to ensure that the rosette does not swing as it is deployed.

Credit: Daniel Park, UCSD - Scripps Institution of Oceanography


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Photo of Susan Alford in a lab.

Susan Alford of Scripps Institute of Oceanography adds mercuric chloride to the water samples. The very small amount of mercuric chloride is used to "poison" water samples to ensure that any microscopic organisms present will not adversely effect the measurements being made.

Credit: Cassandra Lopez, University of Miami


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Photo of Dave Ullman in the laundry room.

Graduate student Dave Ullman does his weekly chores in the laundry room. Even at sea, there are still chores to be done.

Credit: Cassandra Lopez, University of Miami


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Photo of three people getting their lunch.

Meals at sea aren't that different from meals on land, except that everyone must hold on to his or her plate when the seas get rough. Lunchtime on a research cruise is key to the ship's social fabric since it brings everyone together.

Credit: Cassandra Lopez, University of Miami


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