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October 17, 2019

Islandnauts Make Discoveries at Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai

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SEA Semester students make discoveries while exploring Earth’s newest island, Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai!

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October 17, 2019

The New and the Lost World of Hunga Tonga - Hunga Ha’apai

Dan Slayback, Research Scientist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

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What a week! Having just finished an expedition to the earth’s newest landmass, Hunga Tonga - Hunga Ha’apai (HTHH) in the Kingdom of Tonga a few days ago, I thought I’d write a few thoughts on this latest expedition to Earth’s newest landmass.

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October 14, 2019

A Sea of Islands

Emily B. Hite, PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology, University of Colorado, Boulder

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Under the moonlight of Friday, October 11, 2019, I eagerly trekked across Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha’apai (HTHH) with a team from Sea Education Association (SEA) and NASA to complete one final mission: to measure temperatures around the perimeter of the volcano’s crater lake.

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October 13, 2019

SEA / NASA Joint Collaboration of Exploration

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Since the formation of Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai in 2015, NASA has been keenly interested in this landmass as a rare opportunity to examine pathways of land formation and erosion in the time of 21st century remote sensing and scientific technology.

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October 10, 2019

An Island of Opportunity

Natalia Chiapperi & Carlin Schildge, Ithaca & Colby Colleges

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As we begin to wrap up our time here at HTHH, the data collection slowed down and we found some free time to enjoy the beauty and seclusion of the island. The day started late, with an 8:40 wake-up call, the latest we’ve been able to sleep-in in several weeks.

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October 10, 2019

George Washington University Student Joins in SEA/NASA Exploration of Tongan Island

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SEA Semester in the NEWS
George Washington University, Columbian College of Arts & Sciences
“Environmental Studies Student Sets Sail”

For environmental studies student Frank Wenninger, learning outside of the classroom is taking him on an expedition of a lifetime. He is currently aboard the tall ship ocean research vessel SSV Robert C. Seamans as a participant in SEA Semester: Sustainability in Polynesian Island Cultures and Ecosystems—a study abroad program operated by the Sea Education Association (SEA).

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October 09, 2019

Students Conduct Hands-on Research on HTHH

Cameron Gallant & Katherine H. Webber, UNC Chapel Hill & University of Virginia

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KATHERINE: Walking on deck, I welcomed our first sunny day at HTHH; however, upon reaching the island, I was greeted by hot black sand and an all-consuming heat that would last all day. Soon, as a part of the bird/vegetation team, Emily, Arielle, Cam, and I headed towards the southwest corner of the island, which boarders Hunga Ha’apai (which I think looks like a dragon lying down). Its red eye watched over us as we drew near.

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October 08, 2019

“Another Planet:” Exploring Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai

Grace Callahan, Wellesley College

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Hello from the newest land mass on earth! I’m Grace, and today was my first day on Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai. (I spent yesterday on the ship, helping to ensure that our anchor wouldn’t slip and allow us to be blown out to sea.) After breakfast and a community meeting on the quarterdeck, I boarded our small rescue boat and was whisked ashore. T

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October 07, 2019

Early Reports from HTHH

Frank Wenninger & Michael Tirone, George Washington University & Bowdoin College

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As we labored down into the zodiac with our gear and rations, the ocean splashed violently around us. Those with hats cowered under the power of the southeasterly winds, and those in the front surrendered to the incessant spraying of the ocean.

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October 07, 2019

Sailing to Mars via Earth’s Newest Landmass

Kerry Whittaker, Chief Scientist

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On September 27th the SSV Robert C. Seamans departed Pago Pago Harbor, American Samoa, bound for Earth’s newest landmass, located in the Kingdom of Tonga. The ship is a Sea Education Association student sailing and oceanographic vessel with 40 souls on board: student and professional crew, faculty, a visiting scientist from NASA, and an observer from the Tongan Ministry of the Environment.

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