Monthly Archives: January 2016

A Real Adventure

By Max Kessler Last weekend was unusual—a memorable experience saturated by salt water, dismal skies, and the unsettling truth that the ocean is vast, dark, and unknown. Friday, 8:45AM. I receive a message from a Friday Harbor Laboratories professor inquiring about my interest in working onboard the University of Washington research vessel Centennial over the weekend. I understand that a group of scientists is preparing to search and rescue a costly instrument lost to the sea—equipment valued at $75,000. This CTD rosette looks like a large cylinder, featuring many bottles that collect samples of the water column and a device that measures conductivity, temperature, and depth (CTD). Nearly a year … Continue reading

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