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Fukushima cruise

One Last Check

Marine chemist Ken Buesseler (left) and University of Hawaii technician Paul Balch make a final inspection of a rosette sampler prior to deploying the instrument. Buesseler organized the cruise aboard the R/V Ka'imikai-O-Kanaloa to trace the path of radiation released from the tsunami-battered nuclear reactor in Fukushima, Japan. The group of 17 physical, chemical, and biological oceanographers on board spent two weeks in June taking water, air, and biological samples in an effort to understand the fate and impacts of radiation in the northwest Pacific. (Photo by Ken Kostel, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)


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