Before sampling was to resume on Sorcerer II, a 2 week multiple-site road sampling trip was planned. Chris Dupont arrived in Valencia a day after me, in the next two days we would load up a giant rental van and hit the road. On Wednesday May 5th we drove the 322 kilometers (200 miles) from Valencia to Mar Menor.
Route from Valencia to Mar Menor (To see full image of route click on picture and again when the new window opens)
Mar Menor is a salty lagoon that is separated from the Mediterranean Sea by a 22 kilometer (14 miles) sandbar with a narrow opening on the east side.
Mar Menor Lagoon
On Thursday we were joined by Dr. Francisco Rodriguez-Valera (one of our Spanish collaborators), Aitor Gonzaga and Dr. Olga Onyshchenko from Universidad Miguel Hernandez Campus San Juan . They had taken the 3 hour cruise from Alicante to Mar Menor on Dr. Francisco Rodriguez-Valera personal motor boat. Chris and I loaded our gear on the boat and motored to the site, which has been monitored for years. We collected 50 liters of water and took measurements for salinity, pH, temperature dissolved oxygen and turbidity. We also took sub-samples for Antonio Camacho from the Universitat de València. After all the samples were collected, we motored back to the marina and setup all our gear to filter the water.
Sampling on dock in Mar Menor. From left to righ, Olga, Francisco and Aitor.
The biomass in Mar Menor is so much greater than the open ocean, so all we needed was 50 liters instead of the normal 400 liters to clog all 3 of the filters. The Mar Menor sample will be great to compare to the Albufera sample (in the next blog Karolina will talk about the Albufera sampling), because they are geographically close but are very different lagoons in many ways (salinity, fresh/saltwater input, and nutrient input from surrounding land).
For more pictures from the Mar Menor sampling from Francisco click here.
Hello everyone! On May 2nd I flew from San Diego to rejoin Sorcerer II in Valencia Spain. Sorcerer II has been in Spain since our last sample in November, during that time her crew has been very busy upgrading systems and getting the rig certified. Sorcerer II is looking great and is ready for another successful sampling season.
Mast being removed
Sorcerer II being hauled out of the water
This summer we will be sampling the Mediterranean and Black Seas. We have established some strong collaborations with different Institutes and Universities around the Mediterranean. While our exact schedule and ports of call haven’t been determined, we are confident that our 2010 GOS expedition in the Mediterranean and Black Seas will include very unique and interesting samples. So please check the blog often as we plan on blogging and posting pictures on a regular basis.
Docked in Valencia
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