The book includes a chapter on Dr Steven Micklethwaite, a geologist from Monash University who ‘undiscovered’ a 27km long island in the Pacific Ocean in 2013 and changed the map of the world!
Some days at the office as a marine scientists can be a bit gruelling. This is the former Marine National Facility research vessel Southern Surveyor making its way through some pretty nasty weather.
The Southern Ocean can be beautiful, harsh, unrelenting and amazing, all at once. Here are some incredible photos taken by scientists and support staff on voyages led by Professor Tom Trull, on board Southern Surveyor.
The book includes a chapter on physical oceanographer Professor Tom Trull from the ACE CRC, CSIRO and the University of Tasmania, whose infamous voyages into the Southern Ocean, have left many a scientist curled up in a bean bag in the Operations Room, while the ship battled through big seas and strong winds.
The book includes a chapter on Professor Colin Woodroffe a coastal geomorphologist from the University of Wollongong, who while studying a spectacular remnant volcano on board Southern Surveyor, near Lord Howe Island, uncovered the southern-most living corals in the Pacific Ocean.
The amazing new sea floor mapping sonars on RV Investigator are so advanced they can map down to any ocean depth, including the deepest location in the ocean, the Mariana Trench at 10,994 metres.
Here’s is a great interview with Dr Robin Beaman from James Cook University talking about some of the amazing marine science discoveries he made on board RV Southern Surveyor about our Great Barrier Reef.
The book includes a chapter on Professor Richard Arculus an igneous petrologist from the Australian National University, who used the sonar systems on board RV Southern Surveyor to discover the West Mata submarine volcano, which lies 1,100 metres below the ocean’s surface and is 200 kilometres southwest of Samoan Islands.
The book includes a chapter on Professor Neville Exon, a sedimentary geologist at the Australian National University, who discovered everything from oil and gas fields, to ancient coral reefs and a five-million-year-old whale skeleton on his voyages on board Southern Surveyor.