Today I am so thankful and appreciative of the opportunity to dive to the seafloor at Archaean Vent. We were successful in placing the JAMSTEC demersal plankton pump near an active vent with a robust faunal community. In the photo taken before the dive, you can see me and my collaborator Hiromi Watanabe standing next to the pump on the Shinkai basket (the pump has reflective tape on the frame). Accompanying me on Dive 1223 were pilot Chida-san and co-pilot Yanagitani-san (see photo inside of Shinkai). The third photo below shows sampling at one of the active black smokers atop the Archaean sulfide mound.
|Photo courtesy JAMSTEC|