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October 17, 2019

The Folly of Foulies

Arielle Landau, A-Watch, Middlebury College

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At the helm, the wheel jerking my arms along with the swells, I struggled to see the heading as rain sheeted sideways into my face, leaving only one eye functional. The dull red light that normally lights up the compass at night blocked by the rain drops resting on the top of the compass dome.

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!

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.

October 16, 2019

Where Practice Makes Perfect

Michael Tirone, C-Watch, Bowdoin College

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My digital Timex watch startled me as Tuesday turned to Wednesday and the 15th advanced to the 16th. I scanned attentively from the bowsprit for any boats or land masses lurking in the dark, partially aided by the sparkling lights scattered along the island walls astern.

October 15, 2019

Humbled

Jillian Galloway, C Watch, Bowdoin College

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Today, we departed Nuku’alofa under a hot afternoon sun and fair wind. The dock where the ship has spent the past few days moored is tantalizingly close to the outer islands and light green coral reefs, so to find myself traveling back onto greeny blue water is a long-awaited treat. It’s a tall order to report out all that I have experienced in the past week, so to sum it up I will simply say I am humbled.

October 15, 2019

SEA/NASA Exploring Mission Makes News in Tonga

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SEA Semester in the NEWS
Matangi Tonga Online - Tonga’s Leading News Website
“Tonga’s newest land mass in NASA study”

On a 12-week expedition to the Pacific Islands this month, NASA has partnered with the Tongan Ministry of the Environment and the Sea Education Association, to do field work on the recently formed volcanic island Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai.

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October 14, 2019

Roots in Earth and Water

Katherine H. Webber, B Watch, The University of Virginia

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Emerging from the doghouse, I was greeted by a cool morning breeze that brushed from the port side of the deck. Having just completed the 0600 boat check, I found that the sunrise had begun while I was below deck. Moving to the rail, I fell into conversation with my 0500-0630 dock watch buddy Zuri, when I noticed a spot of white foam in the distance.

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.

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.

October 12, 2019

B Watch, Best Watch!

Adrianna Calamita, B Watch, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

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Ahoy Mateys! Hello all the way from Nuku’alofa, Tonga! After a long day of data organization and ship cleaning yesterday, we set sail at 0500 this morning towards the capital of Tonga and arrived around 1330. It was all hands on deck as we helped safely get Bobby C. Seamans into dock.

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