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November 9, 2012

No Vacation

Just because it's known as a research "cruise" doesn't mean life is easy for the scientists, engineers and students on board. During a recent, month-long expedition on R/V Knorr, MIT/WHOI Joint Program graduate student Alec Bogdanoff made the difficult transition from normal sleep rhythms to life on the midnight-to-noon shift while continuing to keep up with work and life on shore. Bogdanoff and his colleagues were part of SPURS, a study of the North Atlantic salinity maximum, where the sea surface is among the saltiest in the world. Understanding changes in sea surface salinity helps shed light on changes in the global water cycle. (Photo courtesy of Ken Decoteau, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

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