Checking a Water Sample
Stephanie Mendes, a researcher from the University of California at Santa Barbara, checks a water sample for air bubbles on board the NOAA Ship Pisces during a Sept. 2010 mission. Scientists collected water samples to analyze them for chemicals that would indicate the presence of natural gas and oil, as well as the dilution and decomposition of these products.
Visit the Pisces online mission log for more details about the voyage.
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