By Ellen Prager
To the typical office-dweller, marine scientists appear to have the great existence: cruising at sea for weeks at a time, swimming in hot coastal waters, residing in tropical paradises. But ocean scientists who visit sea will inform you that it really is no vacation. Creature comforts are few and the stumbling blocks possible insurmountable, but an abundance of ask yourself and discovery nonetheless awaits those that take to the sea. Chasing technological know-how at Sea immerses readers on this planet of these who frequently visit sea—aquanauts residing underwater, marine biologists looking unseen lifestyles within the deep ocean, and the tall-ship captains on the helm, between others—and tells the interesting story of what life—and science—is like on the mercy of mom Nature.With ardour and wit, recognized marine scientist Ellen Prager stocks her tales in addition to these of her colleagues, revealing that during the sector ingenuity and a very good humorousness are as crucial as water, sunblock, and GPS. Serendipity is beneficial, and whereas gathering info is the objective, occasionally simply getting again to shore potential good fortune. yet regardless of the actual trouble and emotional duress that include the work, optimism and adventure prompt a very hardy species of scientist to come many times to the sea.Filled with firsthand debts of the demanding situations and triumphs of facing the extraordinary forces of nature and the unpredictable global of the sea, Chasing technology at Sea is a distinct glimpse less than the water line at what it's like and why it is very important examine, discover, and spend time in a single of our planet’s so much interesting and international environments. (20080701)
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Each can be several miles long, with a large buoy at the surface, and is anchored by a heavy weight at the bottom. Prior to that time, oceanographers had used only primitive mechanical equipment for current measurements in shallow coastal waters for just a few days. Mel likens the safe launching of a mooring in the deep sea to a beautifully choreographed, but dangerous, ballet. The stage was the fantail of a ship, an open deck where large, heavy equipment could be lowered into or lifted from the sea.
Shirley Pomponi, a deep-sea biologist at the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution, recalls the incredible sense of discovery she felt when seeing deep-sea sponges from a submersible for the tales of wonder 37 ﬁrst time. She was also amazed to ﬁnd that the sponges looked just like the drawings done of them ⎯ 100 years ago. The artists had never actually seen what she was seeing ⎯ the deep-sea sponges in their natural environment. Their beautifully colored drawings were based only on dredged samples, which must have been heavily damaged and ﬁlled with mud.
If that person happens to have been striding overconﬁdently forward, the result is an award-winning face-plant into the mud. Not my most graceful move, but one that afforded both Bob and me a good laugh. We reverted to suffering the heat in our wet suits to protect our legs and to some rather undigniﬁed crawling. S. Geological Survey, Bob continued his research in Florida Bay. I hear he discovered that when there are a few inches of water over a mudbank, a buoyant kickboard strapped to one’s stomach with duct tape works well to skim across the top—I’ve seen photos.