Hello Atoll-land!

On Sunday, 18th October 2015, we arrived to the Maldives islands. Even though we could only admire land from the JR, it was still a great sight to behold aside the plain ocean. I have been tracking the JR on Google Earth and it was rather exciting to see the ship pick-up a pilot from Malé and being redirected to the anchor location.

Getting closer to the pilot station close-by Malé

Getting closer to the pilot station close-by Malé

Anchored within Maldivian waters

Anchored within Maldivian waters

The ship will be anchored for about 12 hours before transiting to our first site to pick-up Maldivian observers and also restock the ship with dairy and vegetables. Food (YAY)! As usual, upon arrival, I took some rather interesting photos of the Maldives and some excited scientists!

The JR entering Maldivian waters

The JR entering Maldivian waters

The JR was greeted with hot and humid conditions and absolutely blue calm waters. In addition, a good view of the airstrip could be seen from the JR and it is the island right across Malé, the capital of the Maldives.

The airstrip on the island opposite Malé

The airstrip on the island opposite Malé

On Malé itself, I could see that the island was densely populated with buildings. On top of that, everything was flatter than Florida! At least there is a 6ft elevation in Miami – not in the Maldives though! Malé is an island that is less than 8km in length. I am pretty sure it would be possible to run around the island in 1 hour.

The capital Malé

The capital Malé

While we were anchoring, there were already tourists on the cruise soaking up some vitamin D the good ol’ fashioned way.

Guess who is soaking up vitamin D

Guess who is soaking up vitamin D

I cannot wait until the JR leaves for our first drill site tonight and hopefully the first piston cores by morning.

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