Questions & Answers
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Can the helicopter land on the deck of the R/V Wecoma or on any of the more remote islands or must it fly back and forth to Saipan each time out? No, the Wecoma does not have a helo landing pad (that would make life too easy!). The helicopter will make 2 trips and stay out in the islands, The first trip was 15-16 April to Sarigan and Anatahan. The team (Alison, Toby and Dave) and the helo pilot (Mike) camped out on Sarigan (see the daily log for 16 April). The second trip is scheuled for 19-23 April and again Mike will camp out with the volcanology team on various islands in the northern segment of the chain.
When harvesting samples, how do you choose between one piece of
volcanic rock and another? That is, what visual indices are there of
what makes one sample more appealing than another? Anything? Or does
it have more to do with more practical concerns like weight?
Hi my name is Erica, and I am 14. I wanted to ask if any of you feel
any pressure when you go and explore? I mean people expect certain things about you, and
maybe you may think that what you got was not enough. Do you feel pressured about that? One
more thing, I just wanted to thank you for giving such great information on volcanoes, this
is one of the reasons I want to go to UC San Diego, and become a marine biologist. Thank you
for your time. Erica
What might you find or what might you hope to happen that would
make the expedition better than you ever dared to imagine? Is this
something that can only be known after you have analyzed the samples
back home in the lab or would you know it when you see it? I suppose
if you saw a volcano erupt that might be kinda special.