11th Nov, 2010

BBC World Service Article Publication!!!

Our biggest news of the day is an article published on BBC World Service. This followed from an interview given by PSO Andy Rees, Elena Garcia as our Spanish speaker, and myself last week. Unbeknown to us it was to be published in Spanish! Have a look for yourself: http://www.bbc.co.uk/mundo/noticias/2010/11/101110_oceanos_chile_lp.shtml To get a translation, copy and paste the URL into google. It’s not perfect but you can get the gist! The photos feature Andy Rees and two crew members deploying the CTD, and Raff (University of East Anglia), and Chris and Rachel from PML sampling the bongo nets. There is an open question session with it, so we are looking forward to receiving these from the BBC next week!

We held a rememberance service and two minute silence for Armistice day in the lounge. Crew and scientists we involved in a series of readings, prayers and even a hymn to remember all those who have been fighting for our respective countries.

And last but not least- I need to say a big hello to all the students of Ms. Miclette’s 4th grade class, Mrs. Anthony’s and Mrs Johnson’s 5th and sixth grade classes at Boothbay Region Elementary, in Maine USA. These bright young sparks have been following the cruise, using atlases and Google maps to locate the ship daily. In addition they have been keeping in contact with scientist, Dave Drapeau, asking a wide variety of questions via e-mail and Skype text chat, for example:

The deeper you go..more salt or less salt?
That’s a tricky question. In the Gulf of Maine the deeper water is usually saltier. As we get closer to the equator and it gets warmer though there’s a lot more evaporation of the water at the surface. That can make the surface water much saltier. The density of water is controlled by its’ temperature and it’s salinity, so eventually that surface water will get so salty it will start to sink and bring more (colder) water up from down deep. This is a really important process that keeps currents moving and actually controls a lot of the global climate.

There are some more of their questions with answers, as well as others from Wembury Primary School and Bolot in Siberia posted on the ETE site. This is a fantastic was to bring science into the classroom, making it fun, exciting and inspiring!

It’s a beautifully sunny afternoon outside. We’re all hoping for the ‘perfect’ sunset that seems to elope every evening! Maybe we’ll be lucky this evening.

Hope everyone is well at home, Ella

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