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IODP Expedition 330 Louisville Seamount Trail

Daily Report 21 -- Saturday, 1 January 2011 -- 2011 On the South Pacific



Site U1373 on 28.6°S Guyot 28° 33' 55.8" S, 173° 16' 46.8012" W
Louisville Seamount Trail
0 m above sea level

After leaving Site U1372 so abruptly we were now on our way to Site U1373 which is alternate Site LOUI-6A on Guyot 28.6°S. This seamount lies not too far away from the first site and we estimate this seamount got formed around 73 million years ago, that is in the Cretaceous. This also meant we were in transit between sites while crossing into the New Year of 2011. Evidently we were one of the first people in the world to do so, as this new Louisville seamount is located very close to the date line, at 173°W longitude. The ceremony we held was simple but impressive. With the ship heading east toward the sunrise and greeting the New Year, the oldest and youngest person on the ship were ringing the ship's bell 12 times. A dance party was held to celebrate both the Old and New Year.