Imaging Einstein's Grotto

August 31, 2014

Last evening, we again visited Neptunea's Garden, a vast expanse of Neptunea snails laying eggs that form yellow, woven-like stalks. It was a very busy night and today is more intense.
Success at Oregon Offshore

August 30, 2014

Today marked a historic moment for the OOI-RSN, with the successful installation of a large instrument platform and shallow winched profiler...
Busy Days at Hydrate Ridge and Oregon Offshore

August 29, 2014

The VISIONS'14 team of ship's crew, engineers, scientists, and ROPOS folks have been very busy the past 24 hrs. During this time, we saw the complete installation of all three extension cables at the summit of Southern Hydrate Ridge.
To Sea We Go

August 28, 2014

The R/V Thompson left Newport partially hidden in the fog, on its way to the Slope Base Site near the foot of the continental margin. Onboard we have a new group of 9 undergraduate and graduate students from the UW College of the Environment,
Leg 4 Hydrate Ridge Adventures

August 26, 2014

Leg 4 of the VISIONS'14 Expedition departed Newport, Oregon, today after a packed 2.5-day mobilization. The R/V Thompson is once again "loaded to the gills" with cables, junction boxes, instruments, and mooring packages
Shallow Waters

August 24, 2014

The end of Leg 3 is approaching rapidly, and we successfully met every goal for this leg of the VISIONS14 expedition, including some originally scheduled for Leg 2. We'll be back in Newport by morning. On to Leg 4!
Standing on Two Legs

August 21, 2014

We have another first to report: the first deployment of a two-legged shallow profiler mooring at the Endurance Oregon Offshore site! The mooring operations were smooth, safe, and ultimately a complete success, thanks to a remarkable run of calm weather.
High Waves, Deep Methane

August 19, 2014

Over the last few days, while waiting for the weather to improve, we spent nights doing water sampling and one extremely long sonar survey, and ROPOS Dive 1750 went to Hydrate Ridge, where methane gas naturally bubbles out of the sediment.
Endurance Required

August 16, 2014

The last couple of days have been a whirlwind of ROV dive and deck activity at the Endurance Oregon Offshore site (600 meters depth). As of this evening, we have deployed the Benthic Experiment Package (BEP), Digital Still Camera, and Deep Profi
Package Delivered

August 14, 2014

Today was an especially exciting day for the Oregon State portion of the Ocean Observatories Initiative, the Endurance Array. Today we delivered the Benthic Experiment Package to the seafloor.
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