Month: November 2013

9th November- Being a Doctor at Sea

  Ships Doctor For the last 4 years I have combined my job as an emergency medicine doctor in the UK with medicine in the polar regions. First with the British Antarctic Survey, then the government of South Georgia and

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5th November: Halfway there!

Over the past three weeks or so we have been very busy, not leaving us much time to take stock of what we’ve actually done. We are now about to start on a 4-day transit to our next sampling site,

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November 3rd: Solar Eclipse

Yesterday morning, November 3rd, a buzz went around the ship that we were going to witness a 90% solar eclipse as we finished coring in the eastern basin of the Atlantic Ocean. We were actually all out on deck at

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03 November: Worms!

I pulled some worms out of little holes in a coral yesterday. That’s not something I’ve done before. Another successful ROV dive came up on deck.  The Isis carries five bottles for collecting seawater, and my job is to process

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October 31: Deep Sea Sediment Cores

We have started collecting our first few cores from the deep ocean! Marine sediment cores are like ice cores, but instead of ice they are made of sediments from the sea floor. The sediments build up in successive layers over

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