Postcards from the Bottom of the Earth
In November and December of 2001, WHOI Senior Scientist and geochemist Ken Buesseler took part in a research cruise on the Australian Research and Supply Vessel (RSV) Aurora Australis in and out of Hobart Australia heading due south to the Southern Ocean and Antarctica. Along the way, he wrote several letters to his family describing his experiences working at the far edge of the world. On the next few pages, you will read in Ken’s own words what it is like to be a scientist at the tempestuous and frigid edge of the world.
This project was partially funded by a WHOI Mellon Award and partially by Ken Buesseler’s chair with the Ocean Life Institute.
WHOI Senior Scientist and geochemist Ken Buesseler.