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Stories by Ken Kostel

To Hades and Back: Here Be (No) Dragons

To Hades and Back: Here Be (No) Dragons

ABOARD THE R/V THOMAS G. THOMPSON—Everything is out of the water and on deck. The bio lab is quiet and the cold room is empty, save for the samples that have to remain at hadal temperatures for our transit to port.

May 16, 2014 — Ken Kostel

To Hades and Back: Nereus Lost

ABOARD THE R/V THOMAS G. THOMPSON—In the early morning hours of Saturday, May 10, we were on the seafloor in the deepest part of the Kermadec Trench when all of the video screens in the Nereus control room went dark.

May 12, 2014 — Ken Kostel
To Hades and Back: One Trench Among Many

To Hades and Back: One Trench Among Many

ABOARD THE R/V THOMAS G. THOMPSON—Challenger Deep is the deepest spot in the ocean—that we know of, at least. The seafloor is so poorly mapped that there could easily be something deeper out there, but that’s not all that important to us.

May 6, 2014 — Ken Kostel

To Hades and Back: Under the Weather

ABOARD THE R/V THOMAS G. THOMPSON--Our operations have been halted for a second day now while we wait for a storm on the other side of New Zealand to spin itself out.

April 23, 2014 — Ken Kostel