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July 31, 2015


Alex Saad and Amanda Wan, Ann Arbor Pioneer High School and Belmont High School

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Above: Joao, Seth and Kevin at the WHOI lab archives. Below: The class at the WHOI mooring lab learning more about ocean engineering

After a long week of early wake-ups, we finally had the opportunity to sleep in an hour later with a wake up call at 8:30. Waking up, after much needed sleep, refreshed our minds in preparation for a long and productive day. We started our day with an admissions councilor for the SEA Semester trips who talked to us about the opportunities they offered us as undergrads. We found out that their sailing expeditions proposed hands on experience in the field of marine biology, ecology, and biochemistry (for a few examples) with a scholarship offered to us as alumni of the SEASCape program.Though it may be a long way for some of us, the voyages were nonetheless exciting to hear about.

After this, was some academic time with our Maritime History and Culture teacher, Carl. Today's lecture consisted of Inland Waterways, discussing the importance of river cargo transport as well as river recreational use. Luckily, we started early, meaning we got to end early to have a little free time before lunch. After a tasty Mexican themed lunch, we packed into the cars and traveled to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, further known as WHOI, to learn about Paleotempestology. For those of you who don't know what this long and crazy word is, don't be worried because most of us didn't know either until today. Paleotempestology means the study of past weather activity, mainly storms and hurricanes. At WHOI, we were able to see the splitting of a core that is used in their data. A core, is a narrow pipe shot down into the ocean floor or ice to get layers and layers of ancient sediment. From this, geologists can tell the difference between certain sediments and which sediments were displaced from storms. This was a great chance for our students interested in geology to stand 10ft away from what may be their future career.

After this, we once again packed into the car and headed home for some well deserved free time. During our free period, most of us went to the beach to relax and have fun in the waves. After that, it was finally time for a nicely prepared lasagna dinner followed by a game of Oceanography pictionary to earn our watch groups some extra points. Then we had time to finish some group projects on the Sippewisett Salt Marsh that will be presented tomorrow in class. For now, its time to get some rest after a long and eventful day.

Signing off,
Alex and Amanda

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