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The R.V. Langseth

The R.V. Langseth

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Only at Sea..

5 August 2011, 06:13

Kelly Hostetler

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For our last blog entry we have compiled a list of the top ten sea-isms that we all have contributed to and experienced out at sea. Only at sea do you use a power stance when brushing your teeth or peeing (males) Only at sea do you feel like a pinball when you walk through […]

Blowing Up Toilet Paper

4 August 2011, 02:18

hannah

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Today, less than 42 hours before we say goodbye to the Langseth and all its scientific glory, we shot frozen grapefruits and toilet paper out of a Sonabuoy launcher. Hearing the news, I couldn’t help but think I was back at sleepaway camp playing a game of telephone: “We’re launching WHAT off the side of […]

The Times They are A’Changing

3 August 2011, 05:56

jack

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Data collection is almost over (we stop shooting on Wednesday at 6PM, local time), and the general mood is shifting. Almost everybody seems to be having trouble sleeping, leading not so much to grouchiness but a state of mild delirium. Once-stable sleep schedules are unhitched from their moorings to day and night, and everywhere you […]

Last days of shooting

2 August 2011, 21:28

celia

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It’s hard to believe it’s been three whole weeks since we joined the Langseth. It seems like just yesterday that we were waiting in our hotel room in Sand Point, sheltering ourselves from the rain and looking forward to adventures on board. With less than a week left on the ship, it’s time to start […]

Lessons learned: How to be happy in defeat

1 August 2011, 01:57

Kelly Hostetler

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And then I saw it plastered across his face; The sheer childish joy of victory. I have seen this gleeful purity before in the boys I used to babysit. Whether it was football, soccer or basketball, beating me, the babysitter, was always an expected but glorified accomplishment. Pride twinkled in their eyes, just as it […]

vegetarian haikus

31 July 2011, 05:47

andrew

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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 […]

Overcoming Cabin Fever

30 July 2011, 03:21

jack

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Apart for celebrations revolving around Andy’s birthday, the past few days have been relatively uneventful. Several now-fixed equipment errors caused minor panics, but we’ve generally been shooting away, moving south of Kodiak Island, and soon we’ll start to zigzag towards Dutch Harbor. We fill our days with books (this is already the best-read summer of […]

Happy Birthday Andy!

29 July 2011, 02:52

hannah

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Apologies for the late posts – there was some confusion with regards to who is writing when. Given that with our perpetually cycling shifts, the five of us are rarely ever in the same place at the same time, any form of coordination is a truly magical, and slightly telekinetic, accomplishment. Dearest little Andy, the […]

Seismic Oceanography

26 July 2011, 19:50

celia

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Last night on watch, we launched a total of 54 XBT and XSV probes in order to measure properties of the water column with depth. XBT (expendable bathy-thermograph) and XSV (expendable sound velocity) probes are, unsurprisingly, expendable instruments which remain on the seafloor once deployed. The probes drop through the water down to the bottom […]

The Sea Gods

25 July 2011, 03:01

Kelly Hostetler

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It only took 10 minutes right before dinner-time to ramp up. Being down in the lab on watch, I couldn’t feel it starting until I made it to the galley. It was there in the mess that I experienced it’s full force. Hanging spoons swayed from side to side, water glasses sloshed from brim to […]