August 10 - August 17, 2006
August 10, 2006
DORISS II (Deep Ocean In Situ Spectrometer) and other hydrate collection and analysis equipment was loaded onto a truck this past weekend and on Monday was driven 14 hours from Moss Landing to Newport, Oregon by Peter Walz and Edward Peltzer. Tuesday and Wednesday were spent unloading the truck and testing DORISS, PUP (Precision Underwater Positioner), and various other hydrate sampling and data-collecting ROV attachments.
Today, the fully assembled science crew went through the standard safety orientation, including everybody's favorite portion - donning of the survival "Gumby" suits. The rest of the day was spent in ROV dive preparation and further calibration of all instrumentation. Tomorrow will be the first dive and our first glimpse at the exposed hydrate ridge.