A very important goal for this expedition and follow-on work on shore is to examine the way in which tectonic plates, rocks, fluids, and microbes interact at the Endeavour Segment of the Juan de Fuca Ridge to make it such a special place. This requires multiple kinds of sampling devices, and a multitude of analytical instruments both on and offshore.

On the pages listed below, we will share with you some of the unique “toys” and tools that we will have onboard to sample and analyze the fluids. The sea can be a difficult friend, however, tossing the ship around in seas. As you will see on the following pages many analyses require very sophisticated, complex instruments that would not survive well on an unstable platform. So have also shared with you some of the machines that we use on land.