January 16, 2007
Proceeding to site 11, our second from the last coring site. We should arrive at about 3pm today and will begin survey process shortly thereafter. It is anticipated that coring should start around midnight. Most of the crew and scientist are now following routine daily activity schedules. The crew is trying to get the ship in great shape for an inspection they will have when we arrive in New Zealand. Everything is being painted and cleaned. It was an amazement to me just how clean all of the ship is. From early movies showing coal-fired ovens I could not have imagined the very neat, clean, and professional atmosphere found on the Roger Revelle. It is a great ship! As I set here in the library working on this e-mail, there are four other scientists setting nearby working on lab tops preparing data and reports. Very little time is wasted on board. The "tv room" stays vacant most of the time other then late evening. I am preparing for a day finishing up nitrate analysis on numerous samples myself. Tomorrow will get busy again with a new site.