Thursday, August 16, 2012

Day 17 (Aug 15 2012)

It was another outrageously long work day, with the calcite team out sampling for most of the day and filtering well into the night, the sediment trap samples taking a long time to split, the filtration team continuing to work on the samples Briva is generating of aggregates from the rolling tanks, the zooplankton team setting up an experiment, getting excited about hatching eggs, and having to fix enumeration samples from 24 different mesocosms (an activity than ran until about 2 in the morning), and Jussi being there for all of it plus taking all the CTD profiles and working them up.  It is truly amazing how hard people are working, cheerfully, and how good they are at what they do.  It is a humbling experience.

 Aug 15 2012a-  Marja wins the prize for the coolest containers.  Would you care for a copepod aperitif?

Aug 15 2012b-  The first sediment sample after being split into 8 equal fractions.  The splitter is a really nifty gizmo.  You turn it on, it spins around with a satisfying whirr, you pour the sample through the funnel, it flows down the chute and, presto!  Eight equal portions.  So very cool.

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