August 6, 2007
Big storm last night: lightening, big waves, and rain. Slept well. Breakfast of pancakes. Divers tried to locate an ACDP mooring. They found it, but the line broke as it was being hauled in. They marked with floaters, then another storm came and the little boat was being tossed around and had to be called back in. We ate lunch and waited the storm out. I interviewed Dennis, Ilya, Kris, Marc, and John. All had interesting stories . I plan to put them on my school web site so kids can look them up and learn more about what they do. After the rain they decided to just put in another mooring and forget about pulling up the other until next time and better weather. We moved to three more sites and collected data. We deployed a surface current buoy also called a "drifter". It has a weighted bottom and sails on four sides to keep it upright as it floats. There is a device on the drifter that allows scientists to track its movement. This will be on a web site that students will also be able to use. There was a lot of down time today. I asked a lot of questions and didn't write down the answers or the questions. I will need to remember to carry my notebook everywhere I go. The sea color has change a lot. Today we are closer to shore (eastern side of Florida) and the shallow water is a bit murky... the rivers dump a lot of silt here from the everglades. Pushing the collected water through the syringe filter tales a lot of force. After dinner of eggplant parmesan, the captain let me call my husband on the sat phone because it is our anniversary. I talked to Kris about ways to incorporate oceanography into chemistry. We discussed molarity and salinity concentrations and using a refracting spectrophotometer to determine chemical compositions of a solution.