Deep-sea Cruises 2010 - Cruise 1
Cruise Log: 9/24-25/2010
Night watch has success with the multicore!
|Successful multicore recovery including eight independent cores containing mud and top water. - click to enlarge|
After a few early defeats, we finally had success with the multicore at VK 862 and VK 906. We were able to collect two full sets of 8 cores at each of these sites, all from background soft-sediment areas away from the reef. Each core has a different fate. Certain cores will be used to characterize the benthic infaunal community structure and food webs. Sediments also will be analyzed for organic carbon, nitrogen, particle size, and microbial community structure to characterize the sediment environment. All of these parameters will allow us to understand the diversity and abundance of sediment fauna (aka infauna) and the environment in which they live. These data will be compared to the sediment collections near the reef to evaluate if deep-sea reefs are diversity hotspots for sediment communities. Please stay tuned for more posts as we move to our third and final site, the West Florida Slope.