The OC2006A Cascadia H.O.P.S. expedition is now over and it is time for the real work to begin, starting with CT scanning our sediment cores and then splitting and describing them. It was a great trip and I don’t think it could be any more successful than it was. I owe a big thanks to OSU Ship Operations, the Oceanus Captain and Crew, and Cascadia HOPS science team for making it successful. It wasn’t easy pulling this off safely and responsibly in the age of COVID19, but thanks to a great team, we made it happen.
In the end we came home with 22 cores, including 7 multi cores, 6 gravity cores, and 9 piston cores. 3 of these piston cores were recovered by rigging a 50′ piston core, which to our knowledge are the longest cores ever recovered from Oceanus. We filled our entire refrigerated container and all the storage space in the Multi Sensor Core Logger van. We couldn’t have brought home any more core. This was a ton of work and required long hours by all involved–so I imagine that everyone, like myself, is taking some time to rest up in the couple days after the cruise.
We’ll keep you posted as our post cruise work develops on these cores. I’m looking forward to figuring out all the stories they record! But for now, here are a few more pictures from the cruise.
Oregon State University
Paleomagnetic & Environmental Magnetic Research Laboratory