By Arran Murch
As we find ourselves coming towards the end of this cruise it is a time to reflect upon what we have undertaken and offer our thanks to those who have made this possible, so here goes. To the crew of the Roger Revelle a massive thanks, as quite literally we could not have got here without you. You have done everything to make this as successful as possible for us, the food has been great from start to finish, and you have been a pleasure to sail with. So I think I speak for everyone in the science party in again saying a huge thanks and wishing you all the luck in the future!
To the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) group who have tirelessly operated the submarine vehicles Jason and Sentry, a huge thanks. Your efforts in operating 24 hours a day and consistently problem-solving to get to the places we wanted to observe and sample rocks made this cruise a huge success. Thank-you to the Chief Scientists for organizing this venture and then adapting as results came in. Because of your hard work we have been able to record a vast amount of information (~9 terabytes of raw data) about this eruption, giving us the best possible opportunity to learn the most we can and to use this knowledge going forward. I would also like to extend a thanks to everyone on the Roger Revelle for having been just been excellent in general. It has been a pleasure to spend the last few weeks at sea working with you all, so I wish you all the luck in the future and I look forward to working with you again.