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Environmental Recording 35:02 - 43:29 Play 35:02 - More
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Nearshore ambi  








Interview 47:18 - 52:30 Play 47:18 - More
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Rob Dunbar, Jerry Wellington  







Coral reefs  

Sound Effects 1:18:49 - 1:19:32 Play 1:18:49 - More
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Scuba tank compressor  








NPR/NGS Radio Expeditions
4 Jun 1998

  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos Islands; Wolf Island
  • 1.38611   -91.81972
  • Marine Shoreline
  • Island
  • Stereo
    Sampling Rate
  • 48kHz
    Bit Depth
  • 16-bit
  • SONY TCD-D10
  • Sennheiser MKH 30
  • Sennheiser MKH 40
    Equipment Note
  • Stereo=1; Dual-Channel Mono; Neumann KMR 81; Decoded MS stereo; Sennheiser MKH40 Cardioid Mid Mic and MKH30 Bidirectional Side Mic into Sony TCD10


DAT #2
Day #1 - on Samba = at Wolf Island
Leo del Aguila ID of equipment: MS pair - Sennheiser MKH 30 & 40 going into Neumann
48 volt power supply into TCD 10

01:46 - 02:54 - Ambi: background prep and wetsuit activity [NG]
02:54 - 06:00 - Ax :Jerry Wellington [JW] - weather and water - blue water, good water for us
27-28 degrees celsius - 82 degrees fahreheit. Green water would indicate cold - nutrients up, blue is good fr us, it¿s warm and can see the bottom better - well over 100¿ depth, good anchorage here - drops off to thousands of feet. this was a volcano. Rob Dunbar [RB] eroded section in a flow - this island built up by many successive eruptions, put out lava, formed sheets, can see three separate sheets here, probably goes onto the ocean floor - water several thousand feet here. like a layer cake, 70-80 layers, and only top layers
sticking out. [NVG on mic - use for script only]

06:00 Ambi on backdeck [NG]
09:27 - 16:40 Ambi - [on front deck] putting on wet suits
11:00 - 12:40 on front deck air valve open
12:40 - 13:20 AX - Jonathan Green - plans for the day
13:36 - 13:50 Jonathan Green ID - naturalist guide in the Galapagos Islands for the Galapagos National Park - doing this for last 10 years.
**14:40 - 16:40 Ambi - shuffling, putting on wet suits, little chatting, plus air valve blows - [good at end]
17:00 - 17:33 Ax: Zack Foresman [ZF]- first year grad student in Jerry Wellington¿s lab, would like to do a philogeny of corals, like to look at genetic information in corals.
Background chatter with Ben and Rob re razor fish - off mic
19:00 - 20:00 AX & Ambi JW: Ok I¿m hot, let¿s go¿.shuffling, Jonathan in spanish, Enrique
**22:33 - 24:14 AX [ZF] You guys ready + ambi - getting into boat
**26:05 - 26:46 boat idle and takeoff + RD ¿Wish us luck¿
35:02 ¿ 37:00 Ambi on Samba - [note KMR 81 MONO - details of birds, surf for layering, + Alex ID of water - dragged anchor, boat 120¿ from 200¿ cliffs, frigate birds, boobies, very green] water lapping, kayak bobbing [No]
37:00 - 43:30 Ambi with mono recording - OK birds, but water ambi is sheer sounding
**43:50 - 47:18 Ambi Boat returning with divers - water sloshing - plus lots of air valves, clunking equipment

**47:04 - 49:19] Alex with Jerry and Rob:
Alex [AC] Jerry, What did you find?
JW: lot of coral here, vast majority is bleached, totally white, did find some corals think we can get a meter to a meter and a half long record. Corals very deep here, about 150¿ down, out of our reach, is something 10 feet, 30 meters, so we¿re going to go back and get the drill, go at it.¿ [VG]
AC: Rob, how deep?
RD: Probably down to 90¿. Good sized coral, barely out of range for us. Hoses on the drill 100¿ long, petty windy on other side of the island, lots of corals, little school of hammerheads that swam by - lots of fish, crystal clear water, even if working at 60¿ could see it all; I¿ve never been at a place where so many of the corals have been bleached white before. Still alive, but tissues lacking cells that give them color. Never seen that many. Here 95-98% of corals bleached, down at considerable depth, must be some kind of coral disease here. [49:19]

49:55- 52:40 [No ] conversation between Jerry and Rob re. Corals - bleaching effect¿.etc.

*53:50 - 54:30 Ambi at the back of the boat after the interview with Jerry and Rob

54:50 - 58:15 AX Interview with Enrique - mechanical engineer [NO]
NPR/NGS - RE - Galapagos - page 2

59:23 Interview with Ben - big motor sound behind [No]

*1:00:20 - 1:01:30 [ambi on beginning] Rob and Jerry and Jonathan talking re drilling plans
Once we¿re drilling need three people in the water¿.someone up watching the machinery.
Two motors that are going [maybe use just a few phrases from Jerry or Rob]

1:01:50 - 1:06:00 Ambi on front deck [No]
1:08:00 - 1:10:00 Ambi - fooling with drill and assembling gear [G]
**1:10:00 - 1:14:15 Ambi drill letting off steam + watery sound, pails rattling
**1:18:45 - 1:19:33 FX [Engine start + RD ¿OK, Fire it up¿¿.
Motor stops + RD: OK, we¿re in business¿
1:20:00 - 1:22:30 - 1:24:00 JW describes what doing - [NG - over motor]
1:24:44 - 1:27:30 AC: Notes: [over motor]
We¿re in the bow of the boat¿several crates that Rob and Jerry have brought down here. Describes equipment and technology - hydraulic drill - physical and intellectual work at same time. Equipment familiar to geologists, oil people, people who do heavy physical work in exploring the earth. Standing around in swimming suits, skin diving gear, sunglasses, hats, deck loaded with tanks, flippers, talking with crew and grad students, Pepe, captain filling up tanks with oxygen¿air of enthusiasm, difficult trip to get here, airplane travel not easy, bad seas, now water calm, seas calm, eagerness, enthusiastic boyish quality to do their work.

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