Image courtesy of Ridge2000

From: Eric Simms
East Pacific Rise, January 18, 2006

Greetings from the East Pacific Rise

Greetings from 9į50′N latitude in the east Pacific Ocean! My name is Eric Simms and Iím an education outreach coordinator working with deep-sea scientists who study hydrothermal vent ecosystems and mid-ocean ridges. The scientists are all part of a research program called Ridge2000 which is focused on understanding these amazing environments as an integrated whole system. Iím writing to you from aboard the R/V Atlantis as I sail with scientists from at least 4 different research institutions. Iím also joined by a teacher, Ms. Carolyn Sheild, who is helping me run a website for students like you. Check it out: itís called SEAS which stands for "Student Experiments At Sea". On the site, we feature a cruise log highlighting what the scientists are doing, but also a Q&A where you get to ask scientists questions. Thereís also a Classroom to Sea laboratory that you can do and then compare your data to data weíve collected out here at sea. How cool is that!

Welcome Aboard!

Visit the SEAS web site to see more!


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