While we started with sampling mud only, we are also meeting glacial deposits that consist of gravel, sand and stiff clays that are more difficult to core. These sometimes require types of equipment, that do not allow samples to be obtained.
Carol, the ECORD expedition manager, and our chief scientists give us regular updates on progress, so that we are always ready when our samples arrive.
We’re not very far from land and can see the shore nearby. The weather so far has been great. Although we have an occasional rain shower, with sudden wind and waves, the sea is calm most of the time.
The advantage of being on the nightshift is that you can see the sun rise, and can even enjoy the early afternoon on deck when it is sunny.
And if you can’t sleep, you can see the sun go down again as well.