Daily Science Report: Tuesday January 31st

By Mike Cheadle
Our Jason “Freeblast” transect ended at 6am & we recovered Jason on deck at about 8:30am. We now have 242 samples totaling ~ 2600 lbs in weight, and we are currently processing the samples that came on board with Jason. As soon as we recovered Jason we moved to site A, which is a another fault bounded block, 18km to the WNW of site B and launched Sentry for a 20 hour dive. Our main target here is mapping the 3rd dimension of the magnetic stripes, but we’re also looking for deep gabbro outcrops. Tomorrow we dive with Jason on the upper most gabbros near the dike-gabbro transition at site B. Lucas took some stunning shots of Jason during recovery using a camera attached to the end of a recovery pole. Forthcoming attractions on the web include “a day in the life of a rock.” – not to be missed. Weather is good & getting better and we’re hoping for more successful dives during the remaining 11 science days.