Wildlife Offshore West of Ireland

Hi dear followers! We are the biologists of the mission: Benoît Geelhand de Merxem, a master student in ‘Biology of organisms and Ecology’ and collaborator of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS) for this mission, and Yves Laurent, a research technician working for the OD Nature of the RBINS, in the Conservation Biology…

Our (almost) yearly visit to Bantry Bay

Hi there, and welcome to today’s blogpost coming to you from RV Belgica! My name is Lotte Verweirder, and for now, I am still a geology student at Ghent University. I just finished writing my master’s thesis less than two weeks ago, so I’m nearly at the end of my studies (still have to do…

A mooring for DynaMOD

My name is Eoghan Daly and welcome to my blog post from the RV Belgica, now located in a Special Area of Conservation of the same name (The Belgica SAC). We are sitting along the Irish continental margin where the deep ocean rises to meet European shelf seas, in what proves to be a very…

Did it, or didn’t it ?

On 30 November 2018, at 17:29 UTC, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake hit South Central Alaska (see USGS Earthquake Catalog). The earthquake’s hypocenter was located at about 16 km north of Anchorage, and at a depth of 47 km. Did this earthquake produce an event deposit (i.e. turbidite) in nearby Eklutna Lake, or not ? And…

Holy muddy waters of Patagonia

This blog post aims at providing details on our first objective, which consists in the collection of river samples for the HYDROPROX project and related provenance studies. The plan is to collect water and sediment samples from seven rivers that ultimately flow in Baker Fjord (see map). Geochemical analysis of these samples back in Belgium…

Back in Patagonia: land of glaciers, rivers and research

The Southern Hemisphere is calling again. Two trains followed by two flights and one hour of camioneta brought us to the Austral summer, leaving behind a snow ‘storm’ approaching Europe (Fig. 1). Our team of four arrived in Coyhaique, the capital of the Aysén Region in Chile. This region holds some of the largest glaciers…

We’ll be back…

“Deep down within the Misty Mountains lived a creature named Gollum…”, a phrase which may sound familiar to many, starting the epic adventure of the Lord of the Rings saga, but not exclusively this one… In the late 70’s, the British marine geologist Neil Kenyon found this a most appropriate name for a submarine channel…

Sunny Sunday in the Channel

Today is the last day of our unfortunate early journey back to Zeebrugge. Just like on land, sundays on RV Belgica start with an extensive breakfast, including croissants and hot chocolate. Afterwards, being a sunny and almost windless day, the bridge deck is the place-to-be to hang out with a coffee and enjoy the healthy…