We’ve been busy at the seafloor observing and sampling vent fluids and iron microbial mats. So busy that we’ll have to update you later. Just wanted to give you a picture of what we’re seeing. All that orange is microbial biomass and the Fe oxide (rust!) biominerals they make. All is mostly going well; we’re just getting a 2nd round of samples back up to the ship at 1:30am. Did I mention that this is a 24 hour operation? It’s hard to get much sleep.
Chief Scientist Craig Moyer had to miss his wife Christy’s birthday today. We all celebrated for her with this yummy chocolate-chocolate chip cake. Happy Birthday, Christy!