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Day 37 - November 24, 2018


I forgot to mention Dredge 23 yesterday! We dredged Akribi Escarpment (named for a star in Libra) and only managed to pull up corals, sponges, and shell fragments. The sponges quickly began to stink up the place as they rotted, so we returned them to the ocean. Because of the lack of rocks, we decided to put Dredge 24 in along a different portion of Akribi Escarpment in the hope of collecting something that we can analyze. It managed to get stuck for 13 hours…but we were finally able to get it out with a few interesting blue-green-grey basalts.

We’re currently working our way through a giant rift canyon in the middle of the Rio Grande Rise Massif. The plan is to dredge at various points along the walls—moving from southeast to northwest. We’re about a week away from starting our transit back to Montevideo and ending our cruise, so we need to get as many quality dredges in as we can. It’s a lot of work, but I’m proud of everyone for still being chipper and excited!