The RV Investigator team capture rare footage of Australia’s only two active volcanoes emanating vapour, and one — Big Ben — erupting lava on Heard Island and the McDonald Islands.
The teams on board RV Investigator had been enjoying some relatively calm weather and conditions, but on Sunday the Southern Ocean started revealing its other side.
Now on the second phase of their research program, the RV Investigator team have reached Heard Island and are now analysing hydrothermal systems.
The scientists, support staff and crew on board RV Investigator celebrated Australia Day near Heard Island.
The second in a weekly series of updates from the voyage’s Chief Scientist Mike Coffin: Welcome to the Furious Fifties, Daily Seminars, Meet our Sensors.
In the maritime industries refuelling a ship is called bunkering. This involves a jolly big ship, like the size of a container ship, which is full of diesel, and it pulls alongside the ship that needs refuelling and they pump it in.
Investigator ahoy! Our swanky ship is off to the sub-Antarctic territories of Heard and McDonald Islands to explore the role of underwater volcanoes in nourishing an iron-deficient Southern Ocean. This is the first is a weekly series of pieces from the voyage’s chief scientist Mike Coffin.
RV Investigator will depart on 8 January 2016 for the sub-Antarctic territory of Heard Island and McDonald Islands on a 58 day research voyage, which will be led by Professor Mike Coffin from the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, but what do you know about this part of Australia?
Everyone loves a gorgeous sunset, and this is Investigator at it’s best, on its final night in Fremantle before it departed for Heard and McDonald Islands, which was snapped by Pete Harmsen with his phone.