I spoke too soon when I told you that nothing could dampen our spirits in the last update. I have 2 words for you… Sea Sickness.
After passing through a relatively large swell over the past 2 days (average 7m last night, maximum of 10m), the ship, its crew and the scientists have been thrown around like a used rag. Sea sickness tablets appear to have little or no effect. The overall mood had been brought down a notch.
However, some enthusiasts kept the science at the forefront of peopleâ€™s minds. This includes Dr. Bram Murton (NOC UK) and Dr. John Copley (NOC UK) as they delivered lectures on the Geology and Biogeography of the Vent site 45Â° N over the past 2 days. These guys really know their stuff, and they only barely scratched the surface of their wealth of knowledge in their lectures.
Despite the sea sickness, I took in as much information as I could- as this is a privilege, if anything, for any undergrad to be in this position.
About another 3 day until we arrive at the vent site due to our set-backs, where the weather will be much calmer (I hope). But until then, more lectures will be given including one from Dr. Jenâ€™s Carlson (UCC/Dukes University, USA).
Thatâ€™s it for now,
The Research Team are also maintaining a blog at http://scientistsatsea.blogspot.com