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Amazon River sampling

River in the Ocean

Shipboard Scientific Services Group (SSSG) technician Robert Laird directs the launching of a CTD rosette aboard R/V Atlantis in 2012 during a cruise led by Patricia Yager of the University of Georgia. The water is colored brown (and is mostly fresh) due to discharge from the Amazon River even though the ship was more than 20 miles from the mouth of the river. The cruise was part of Yager's Amazon Continuum project to study how microbes in the river plume are able to sequester carbon in the ocean. (Photo by Christopher Morgan, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)


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