Final Wrap-up

A group of 141 scientists and Coast Guard crew completed a successful expedition to the Chukchi Borderlands.

A group of 141 scientists and Coast Guard crew completed a successful expedition to the Chukchi Borderlands. Image courtesy of ENS Brian Hagerty, United States Coast Guard, The Hidden Ocean 2016: Chukchi Borderlands. We are less than 10 hours out from the railway dock in Seward, Alaska, where the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy will tie up. All the equipment is packed, the labs have been thoroughly cleaned, staterooms are tidied, and bags are packed. Team leads are still hustling to backup data and prepare cruise reports on their laptops. We have had our final science meeting, summarizing the many successes of the cruise. It is all over except for a long frantic day of offloading the ship and, for some, starting travels home.

The absence of motion and the quietness of no ship noises will require several days to adjust to. Some people are dreaming of fresh vegetables, some of walking (or running) on land, many of sharing a drink at one of Seward’s pubs, and most of us of seeing the families or loved ones that let us leave them for the past six weeks to experience this adventure.

Teamwork was the foundation of this expedition. No matter which scientific field each person studied, everyone was happy to help with all of the science operations, like sifting through the muddy box core samples. Image courtesy of Katrin Iken, UAF, The Hidden Ocean 2016: Chukchi Borderlands.Teamwork was the foundation of this expedition. No matter which scientific field each person studied, everyone was happy to help with all of the science operations, like sifting through the muddy box core samples.

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