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The Canadian SOLAS Network Atlantic cruise News Daily Updates from C-SOLAS Atlantic cruise by Michael Scarratt, Chief Scientist, CCGS Martha L. Black Tuesday October 14 The plane, Boss, the plane!! This morning began with a final sampling at the SOLAS mooring station. We successfully recovered the drifting sediment traps and performed a rosette sample, in spite of a 35 knot breeze and steep seas. An early call from Richard Leaitch confirmed that the NRC plane was in the air and headed our way, so we delayed the ship's departure by a couple of hours to allow the plane time to reach us and conduct sampling in our area. Luckily, the morning overcast quickly broke up to reveal sunny skies. The aircraft arrived just after 13:00 (UTC) and stayed on station about 40 minutes, flying a pattern at low altitude just upwind of the ship. We kept the ship's bow into the wind to allow the atmospheric chemistry group on the ship to run their samplers simultaneously with those aboard the aircraft. Simultaneous DMS water samples were also taken using the ship's pumping system. After the plane climbed away and the excitement had subsided, we turned south and began our transit to the Gulf Stream station (ETA Wednesday 0700). Wednesday October 15 We had a smooth transit to the Gulf Stream station (39deg N 57deg 30min W). A few equipment problems slowed the work at first but all sampling was completed by 1300 and we continued our transit toward the Sargasso Sea station (ETA tomorrow morning 0600). Tomorrow will be a special day for many groups. Since this station is the most southerly, and warmest, of the transect, most labs will be conducting extra experiments to help describe this semi-tropical ecosystem that we won't encounter anywhere else during the voyage. It promises to be a long day! Some small birds have hitched a ride on the ship, and are being fed water and cereal to fuel them up so they can continue their migration. In other news, André, the logistics officer, is organizing a major darts- and-cribbage tournament. The draw was announced in the crew lounge this evening. Play will commence on the weekend with a winner to be decided by Sunday night. Stay tuned for results!
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