January 10, 2007
We have moved on to site 9 because of time restrictions. After a lengthy discussion between scientists on board it was decided that site 8 would not provide the same degree of new information later sites would provide.
Upon arrival at site 9, the routine processes of bottom scanning, preparing and launching coring tools, and the collection of samples began. New sediment samples rapidly arrived within the chemistry laboratory and the day was spent processing samples. I use the term "routine" now because it seems like all processes fit and run smoothly. All members of the ship's crew, technicians and scientist know what is expected and the work seems both easier and faster. The same degree of accuracy is still demanded however in regard to any analysis performed.