Cargo for the Enlighten '10 expedition was loaded on board the R/V Thompson prior to the mission.
Jason, an underwater robot, was deployed on July 26 in the Puget Sound to take pictures of the seafloor almost a mile underwater.
Extensive bacterial mats and clam beds were imaged and mapped at the Southern Hydrate Ridge.
When Jason returned from its imaging mission, Monica, a University of Washington graduate student, removed a sulfide sample from Jason's biobox.
The Jason crew lowers the robot onto a drill sled that was used to drill into a black smoker hydrothermal vent. Sensors were placed into the drill holes…Read More » to monitor temperature and record the activity of microbial communities within the walls of the vent.
This black smoker chimney in the ASHES Hydrothermal Field was imaged as a part of the mission. The porous walls of the chimney leak hydrothermal fluids…Read More » that support dense colonies of tubeworms and limpets. This location may become a hot spot as part of the project to wire this region of the ocean with high-tech sensors.
Carla, a research team member, models Styrofoam heads that were decorated and then sent down to 8,200 feet (2,500 meters) below the surface, where they…Read More » shrank from the immense pressure. The pressure at this depth is up to 200 times greater than on the surface.
The bow of University of Washington's R/V Thomas G. Thompson, with research team members in front of the ship.