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Paige's CO2 Adventure

Happy Easter!

Were celebrating here on the R/V TGT by firing off some expired flares and having a BBQ on the back deck for dinner. I hope everyone is enjoying the joys of spring today :)

Do you have questions about being on the ship? I’m going to do a FAQ newsletter next week! Send me an email with your questions!! paige.hoel@gmail.com

Its the little things

Sailing on a ship of this size in the open ocean for months at a time is serious work. But I can assure you, no one on the TGT takes themselves too seriously.

No science today! As follows are just some of the many little drawings, pictures, fun things put out and around the main lab on the ship. To put all of the memes, jokes, fun items in an email would not be possible as I do not have enough data in my daily allowance. Stay tuned for more fun pictures, but in the meantime, enjoy the things that made me smile in the main laboratory (the ship has 6 labs FYI)

Captians Log

Thursday 4-1-21
Our deepest cast was today. Station 43.
Most cruises that use CTDs and go into the open ocean have a ridiculously awesome tradition of sinking a bag full of Styrofoam goodies (mostly decorated cups) with the CTD. When the CTD and the bag emerges, they’re transformed after having been under thousands of meters of water… In this case 5800m, close to 6 vertical miles of water if you’re standing on the seafloor.

Saturday 4-3-21
Last night I had one of the most magical experiences of my life.
We finished sampling a cast around 10:30. We were motoring to our next station at a clip of 12 knots. The air was about 73 with 60% humidity. The stars were out, not a cloud in sight, and the moon, whos been a little too bright these past couple of nights, had yet to rise. Myself and some of my closest friends on the ship, Cass, Daniela, Steffi, and Abby, went out to the bow to gaze. We layed down on the second deck in silence for a while. We then went to check for bioluminescence at the stern. In the churned water we saw a sporadic light show. A shimmer in our wake that faded just fast enough to keep you wanting more. We then went back to the bow, in silence as to not disturb the peaceful stars. We laid down again and then after some time we watched the harvest moon rise.
I slept very well.
 

Where is the Thomas Thompson right now?

Lets find out!

Pictures!!

Clockwise from left: Bow views, Abby chearing after firing her flare, Ben's fishing line (so far no bites... hes optimistic though), Carla sampling CFC's (ChloroFloroCarbons) 
XOXO Paige Hoel
paige.hoel@gmail.com

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