The Shumagin Islands

The Shumagin Islands

The R.V. Langseth

The R.V. Langseth

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vegetarian haikus

31 July 2011, 05:47

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For anyone with a vegetarian diet, shipboard life can be culinarily mundane.  Given that Manhattanites enjoy regular access to several excellent farmer’s markets that provide fresh organic produce, their transition to all-canned, frozen mixed vegetables as the main veggie option day in and day out is less than welcome. Don’t misunderstand, the cooks onboard Langseth […]

How to get like Popeye at Sea

24 July 2011, 05:45

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How absurd it would be to tell an ancient oar-rowing slave about an erg machine. An important part of sea tradition is fitness.  In past epochs this was inextricably linked with your job on board: rowing oars in Athenian galleys, hoisting sails on Spanish galleons or shoveling coal in nineteenth-century battleships.  With the twentieth century […]

Quiet Days and Breakfast.

18 July 2011, 07:22

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For the first time on the voyage, immoderate seas were upon us this morning.  Twenty-five knot winds white-capped the North Pacific and heavy fog rolled in.  The scientific operations carried on without much ado regardless of the weather.  Primary analysis of the data began – a very small but important first step in processing the […]

Wave Propagation 101

14 July 2011, 22:04

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Today at lunch, several of us realized that, while we mathematically understand how seismic refraction, and thus our experiment aboard the Langseth, works, we did not understand what that math physically meant. The following is a brief synopsis of why and how this whole air gun/hydrophone system works: Over the next few weeks, we aim […]

Day 1 @ Sea – Waking Up

13 July 2011, 08:03

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Day 1 @ Sea: We arrived aboard Langseth at approximately 11 pm (Alaska Daylight Time) on Monday, July 11 after a full day of reading and laying around a hotel room on a rainy day.  We were picked up by a small skiff intended for rescue operations and everyone of us would have agreed that […]

Day Zero @ Sea – Airports and Sand Point, AK

13 July 2011, 07:52

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Day Zero @ Sea: The five of us departed from all over the United States on Friday the 8th in an effort to converge upon Sand Point, AK. Immoderate Weather and faulty aircraft maintenance induced layovers in Seattle, Denver and Anchorage. What had been scheduled as a 24 hour trip for those starting in New […]