M176/2 Bathymetry at the Rainbow Plume

Hello, my name is Chris Galley, and I’m a geophysics PhD student from Canada assisting with the collection and processing of the ship’s acoustic-based imaging data, and mapping. These acoustic methods all measure some feature of the water column, seafloor, or sub-seafloor by releasing pressure waves (sound pings) and then studying the waves upon their […]

M176/2 What controls iron availability to marine phytoplankton: Phycosphere or bulk seawater?

Anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions such as carbon dioxide (CO2) are causing climate change, global warming, and ocean acidification. Microscopic plants called phytoplankton, living in the surface oceans, sequester 50% of global CO2 and supply >50% of new nitrogen used for primary production. Other than light and major nutrients, phytoplankton growth is strongly influenced by availability […]

M176/2 Tiny seafloor inhabitants close to the rainbow vent

It is the fourth day since we arrived at our research location in the middle of the Atlantic: The Rainbow Plume. The Multicorer, or short “MUC” just arrived its final destination at 2300m water depth. Now the wire that holds the MUC tightens again and the winch slowly starts pulling the device back on board. […]

M176/2 Hydrothermal Plume Geochemical study: RainbowPlume

The cruise M176/2 is part of the International GEOTRACES Programme as a process study. The overall aim of cruise M176/2 is to conduct a detailed geochemical sampling of the hydrothermal plume at the Rainbow vent field located at 36°13.80 N, 33°54.14 W on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge (MAR). The deep ocean work will be complimented by […]