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atlantis transits igor

Quite a Ride

Oceanographers working in the North Atlantic in autumn always face the prospect stormy weather, but those on a recent cruise on the research vessel Atlantis got more than their share. On September 20, 2010, the Atlantis rode the fringes of Hurricane Igor (shown here). Over the next two weeks, it encountered two more weather systems, Tropical Storm Nicole and an unnamed nor’easter-type event. WHOI scientist Timothy Eglinton said that despite the rough seas, the sturdy Atlantis enabled the researchers aboard to complete most of their research objectives, which included deploying sediment trap moorings and CTD/Niskin rosettes and gathering multicore samples of the seafloor. (Photo by Lance Wills, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)


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