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DAILY JOURNAL

November 26, 2011: An Ending, For Now

The main lab is empty, downright bereft of instruments (mine is the only computer in sight) and people. They’re all out on the fantail loading gear and craning it onto the hardcore industrial wharf… More »

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November 23, 2011: The CTD

This is where it starts for most grad students in oceanography—with CTD deployment from the starboard side of a research vessel while boarding seas slosh around their shins.… More »

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November 21, 2011: The “Other” Ocean

I think I’ve said more than once that subtropical gyres characterize all oceans, “except” one. That one is the Southern Ocean. Unlike all the others (both Pacifics, both Atlantics, and the Indian Ocean)… More »

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November 20, 2011: Links: Towards a Theory of the Gyre: Part 2

As we left it last time, Sverdrup and Ekman had explained ocean gyres, thus laying the intellectual foundation of a new science.… More »

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November 18, 2011: Links: Towards a Theory of the Gyre: Part 1

Mooring ops complete, a little time on our hands, let’s take a quick look back at the early days of oceanography before all this gee-whiz technology when guys were per force thinking… More »

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November 17, 2011: The Last Mooring

At this writing shortly after breakfast, the last mooring is going out. It’s a long one, 4,000 meters—that’s 2.48 miles. We’ve been extremely lucky with the weather, four days of… More »

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November 16, 2011: Circles

Though we give them individual names for our own convenience of reference, there is no such thing in the world ocean as a singleton current that, like a river, begins at one point and ends… More »

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November 15, 2011: R/V Melville

34°40.5’ South by 028°15’ East: The Agulhas Current is as calm today as I’ve ever seen it. A tropical-style squall has formed up away to the west, just to add a bit of variety to a perfect blue-sky day out here in the… More »