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27 August 2012 Wake Up! Was it a Dream?
Arctic – Homebound- Was I just in the Arctic on Saturday and now I am at home on the couch with the family and dog? Traveling by air can make the sense of time and place surreal. I can imagine that…
23 August 2012 A Piece of the Bottom-- A Picture of the Past
Gravity Cores by Dr Lee Cooper Dr. Lee Cooper The gravity core is an instrument shaped like a missile. It is designed to forcibly enter a meter or more into the sediments. We are primarily using…
22 August 2012 Going to the Zoo—the Copepod Zoo with Carin Ashjian
Zooplankton Project by Dr. Ashjian- Dr. Carin Ashjian, scientist at Woods Hole Institute of Oceanography, at her microscope Zooplankton are small animals that live in the water and that swim so…
21 August 2012 Haps! You've got it!
Coring the bottom- Let’s see if you can shout “Haps” after reading this journal. The Haps Corer is the instrument used by teams studying the bottom of the Chukchi Sea. Simply, it is a tube that is…
20 August 2012 Poetry Mash Up Continues… and a Sunset, too.
Science and Poetry Continues! Poem At the Seabird Olympics The seabird’s Darth Vader, the long-tailed jaeger, Makes his pirate’s patrol, taking his toll on the kittiwake’s hold of a silvery fish,…
18 August 2012 Team Benthos- Grab 101
Collecting Mud You have got to love mud if you are on the benthos team. Organisms that feed many Arctic animals including the walruses and eiders (birds) live on the bottom in the mud. Many…
17 August 2012 The Bridge- A Room with a Fabulous View
Seven floor up What room is big, open, and surrounded by windows? The bridge! The bridge is the brain of the ship. Just like a brain, the bridge performs many duties. The three people on bridge…
16 August 2012 Poetry and Healy Science Mash Up
The Poetry Challenge is on! Can you write a poem about science? When I asked the Coast Guard and scientists aboard, they traded their binoculars, mud, CTD water, and ship’s wheel for pen and paper…
15 August 2012 Polar Bear, Brittle Stars, and Octopus in Hand
Mammal and invertebrates- Today’s journal is brought to you by Arctic animals. Polar bear on ice- Brittle star in mud from a box core- PolarTREC teacher Deanna Wheeler sorts organisms for…
14 August 2012 Trawling for Crawlers
Team Trawl- Meet Team Trawl, Dr. Brenda Konar, Alexandra Ravelo, and Kimberly Powell from University of Alaska Fairbanks. These scientists work the trawl net on the back of the ship. The large trawl…
13 August 2012 Science Begins - featuring CTD
Science 24 hours- From a minute past midnight, science has been happening on the Healy. In the wee hours of the morning, researchers began deploying drifters, collecting water, netting plankton,…
12 August 2012 Land Ahoy! Fog, Sound the Horn!
Foghorns- For most of the cruise, we have had cloudy days with the sun breaking through each day. Although it has been hazy for viewing distant landforms, I have still managed to amass hundreds of…