Since we started on the continental slope of Antarctica, the first several stations were shallow and closely spaced together. This meant the CTD watch standers had
|Sunrise after the first day of sampling. Even though we were on a pressing schedule, Alison made sure everyone on duty had a chance to soak in this view.|
So what's so special about the Kerguelen Plateau (pronounced Ker-gway-len)? The plateau is a submerged microcontinent, about three times the size of Japan, located about 3000km southwest of Australia. To get sense of its importance, imagine a large boulder obstructing a fast moving river. The boulder will deviate the flow around it and generate turbulence in its wake. This happens even if the boulder is completely underwater. So not only does the boulder disrupt the river's flow in its immediate vicinity, it also creates disturbances that ripple far down stream. The Kerguelen Plateau has essentially the same effect on ocean circulation but on a much large scale.
|The payload. Tator Tot, |
Ok, I need to get some sleep before the deployment. Till next time!
Edit: There were originally 7 floats but one (Earle's Hurl) had mechanical issues and was sent back to Seattle :(.