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Diving into Geology Lessons while Floating in the Indian Ocean

For students participating in the MIRAGE, every day is an opportunity to learn something new. For example, when entering data into the log book, it is an opportunity to go beyond the numbers and learn—in real time—what those numbers mean. Similarly, when students are cleaning up the bathymetry (the underwater study of the terrain of the ocean floor), attending the daily 4pm meeting, or dining with a member of the Institut Paul Emile Victor (IPEV) who they have not yet spoken with, they are free to soak up as much new information as they like.

How our Muslim Scientists Observed Ramadan while out at Sea

When I spoke with Captain Victor Broi the other morning, he mentioned that one of the biggest challenges facing his crew on this voyage was keeping everyone happy when it comes to food. In particular, he cited the need to prepare a special pre-dawn breakfast for those passengers observing Ramadan, the month-long period (it ended yesterday on Wednesday) when Muslims fast during daylight hours.

Profile Spotlight: Captain Victor Broi

As the captain of the R/V Marion Dufresne, Captain Victor Broi is new to research vessels, but that doesn’t mean the 57-year-old seaman (whose birthday is today) lacks experience. Though the MIRAGE is only his second voyage as the captain of the Marion Dufresne, Capt Broi has spent his entire career with CMA CGM, a French container transportation and shipping company that manages the Marion Dufresne, as well as one of the largest fleets of container ships in the world.

Clever Contraptions – All Digital, One Analog

Although a number of seafloor samples will be cored towards the end of our four-week expedition, the main data-acquisition instruments aboard the research vessel Marion Dufresne are an echosounder and a sub-bottom profiler, both mounted on a gondola attached to the ship’s hull. These two instruments will produce the bathymetry that is so essential to the mission of the MIRAGE.

  • EOS News
03 Mar 2016

On the evening of March 2, 2016, a magnitude-7.9 earthquake struck off the west coast of Sumatra, Indonesia. According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the epicenter of the quake was approximately 800km from Padang, West Sumatra.

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