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Hello Atoll-land!

By Diana Udel

Hello Atoll-land!

By Diana Udel
Provided by Anna Ling, Ph.D. student in the Department of Marine Geosciences

On Sunday, 18th October 2015, we arrived to the Maldives islands. Even though we could only admire land from the JR, it was still a great sight to behold aside the plain ocean. I have been tracking the JR on Google Earth and it was rather exciting to see the ship pick-up a pilot from Malé and being redirected to the anchor location.

 

The ship will be anchored for about 12 hours before transiting to our first site to pick-up Maldivian observers and also restock the ship with dairy and vegetables. Food (YAY)! As usual, upon arrival, I took some rather interesting photos of the Maldives and some excited scientists!

 

The JR was greeted with hot and humid conditions and absolutely blue calm waters. In addition, a good view of the airstrip could be seen from the JR and it is the island right across Malé, the capital of the Maldives.

 

On Malé itself, I could see that the island was densely populated with buildings. On top of that, everything was flatter than Florida! At least there is a 6ft elevation in Miami – not in the Maldives though! Malé is an island that is less than 8km in length. I am pretty sure it would be possible to run around the island in 1 hour.

 

While we were anchoring, there were already tourists on the cruise soaking up some vitamin D the good ol’ fashioned way.

I cannot wait until the JR leaves for our first drill site tonight and hopefully the first piston cores by morning.

 

–Anna Ling

 

Anna Ling is a Ph.D student in the Centre for Carbonate Research in the Department of Marine Geosciences at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science.