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Final Project Instructions : EX-16-05 Leg 3 : CAPSTONE CNMI & Mariana Trench MNM (rov & mapping), June 17 - July 10, 2016
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Final Project Instructions : EX-16-05 Leg 3 : CAPSTONE CNMI & Mariana Trench MNM (rov & mapping), June 17 - July 10, 2016
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    This document contains project instructions for EX-16-05 Leg 3 – the third and final cruise

    of the Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas Expedition. Operations for this cruise will

    include ROV, mapping, telepresence-based remote participation, and CTD rosette

    operations. The expedition will commence in Santa Rita, Guam with operations beginning

    on June 17th and conclude in Santa Rita, Guam on July 10th. Operations will use the ship’s

    deep water mapping systems (Kongsberg EM302 multibeam sonar, EK60 split-beam

    fisheries sonars, ADCPs, and Knudsen 3260 chirp sub-bottom profiler sonar), NOAA’s twobody

    6000 m remotely operated vehicle (ROVs Deep Discoverer and Seirios), CTD rosette,

    and the ship’s high-bandwidth satellite connection for real-time ship to shore

    communications. Daytime ROV dives are planned every day from June 18 –July 9. ROV

    dives will include high-resolution visual surveys and limited rock and biologic specimen

    sampling. Mapping operations will be conducted overnight and when the ROV is on deck.

    CTD casts have been requested during the cruise to collect more environmental

    information at sites of interest. Exploration operations for this cruise will focus on deepwater

    areas around CNMI and MTMNM. This expedition will help establish a baseline of

    information in the region to catalyze further exploration, research and management


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