By Mikala Maher, University of Canberra
After what seemed liked forever, and exceeded excitement on Christmas morning, we finally had sediments to explore. Over the last two days we have deployed a total of four Kasten Corers and two sediment grabs from the shallow shelf to the deep marine environment within a Submarine canyon environment.
With adrenaline kicking in, samples were prepared and while desperately waiting for samples to dry discussions where held proposing suggestive theories as to what secrets the mud will contain, consulting with the new bathymetry and causing a rave in the observations room.
My research will be looking at exploring a link to Last Glacial Maximum with shelf sediments. Without further ado, and with credit to the Ice Age, I present to you the sedimentology Mud song.
Mud, glorious mud…we’re anxious to dry it
Two cores a day, our favorite deployment!
Just picture a Turbidite, matching the Bouma sequence
Oh, mud, wonderful mud, marvelous mud, glorious mud.
Mud, glorious mud,
Slide smears and wet sieves
Mud made from plankton
Or hemipelagic rain.
Do nothing but sample,
On mud, magical mud, wonderful mud, marvelous,
Mud, glorious mud
Freshly plucked from the sea floor
A little smelly but filled with beauties
Soon, we’ll hit the jackpot
Just thinking of gravity cores
Puts us in a mood for
Mud, glorious mud, marvelous mud, fabulous mud,