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Southern Ocean mooring deployment

Getting Their Feet Wet

WHOI engineering assistant Chris Basque (foreground) pays out a tag line from the stern of the R/V Nathaniel B. Palmer to a 62-inch flotation sphere he just helped deploy while other members of the deck team ready equipment to be attached to the mooring wire. The mooring is one of four deep ocean moorings installed at the Ocean Observatories Initiative Global Array site in the Southern Ocean. Instruments on the mooring will remain in the water for a year gathering physical and biogeochemical data pertaining to air-sea interactions, ocean circulation, and biological production in this remote, stormy region of the world. (Photo courtesy of Nick Mathews, Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences)

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