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2012: TREX on the Active Hawaiian Volcano, Kilauea

Today Was a Good Day

Blogger: Michelle Morales

It was a lazy morning.

After we ate breakfast, we split up into two groups to perform different tasks. One group, the data analysis team, had the job of collecting and analyzing all the data taken the last couple of days from the SO2 monitors. The other group, the bog team, brainstormed ways of improving the bog sampling, in the off-chance that we were able to return to the bog.

By lunchtime, the data analysis team had compiled different notebooks of data, organizing the information in a way that was most efficient for interpretation. The bog team had recalibrated the dissolved oxygen monitors, and had come up with — and then answered — potential questions that arose during the sampling process.

After lunch, Professor Janelle Thompson gave us a brief lecture on the functions of coral and the symbiotic relationships they have with different creatures in the ocean. She then told us to get ready because we were going snorkeling!

We all got ready quickly, piled into the cars and headed to the Kona beach. Once we arri