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Images: The Lo-o-o-ng Core

It took a small parade of scientists, engineers, students, and staff at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution to hoist the full extent of the plastic tubing that will line the steel barrels of the new WHOI long corer—designed and built to extract deeper samples of deep-sea sediments. (Photo by Tom Kleindinst, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

A mammoth 150-ton crane was needed to hoist the 40-ton winch for the long corer system aboard the WHOI-operated, 85-meter (279-foot) research vessel Knorr docked in Woods Hole. (Photo by Tom Kleindinst, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

Assistant Curator Ellen Roosen examines cores in the WHOI Seafloor Samples Laboratory, which houses some 24,000 core sections from more than 3,800 seafloor sites. (Photo by Tom Kleindinst, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)