by Lucas Kavanagh
When a new sample comes onboard, we carefully photograph and describe it. However, one of the principal investigators on this expedition, Jeff Gee had an idea of how to go a step further, why don’t we make 3D models of the samples?
So we did it! We took 50 pictures of a rock that we pulled up from the seafloor, turning it a little bit between each so we were sure to cover every angle. The process is very time consuming so we could only do it for a few samples but we are please to present two of our samples that you can download and digitally interact with! The first sample, #145 is a rock from a fault on the seafloor and the second #150 is a beautiful example of a massive crystal made of feldspar. Click here to download them!
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We had so much fun making 3D rocks we decided to try it with something a little bigger… on our vent dive we asked Jimmy (the Jason pilot) to float in a circle around a vent and photograph it form every angle. We took over 100 photos and were able to compile them into a 3D model of the first hydrothermal vent found on this expedition! You can download it at the same link.