WELCOME TO THE EXPEDITION!
WE ARE A TEAM OF SCIENTISTS SET OUT TO IMAGE THE 3D INTERNAL STRUCTURE OF AXIAL VOLCANO IN THE NE PACIFIC OCEAN.
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Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Meet the Science Party! Massimo Bellucci
I'm Massimo, a PhD student at IUEM-Ifremer (Brest, France) and OGS (Trieste, Italy) in a jointly supervised PhD program in which I will receive two diplomas at the end.
WHAT IS YOUR AREA OF RESEARCH?
My project concerns salt tectonics in passive margins. We are focusing on different areas (such as South Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico and Western Mediterranean Sea) in order to correlate salt morphologies deformation with the crustal structure of the margins. Different natures of the crust, with their different thermal fields, could influence salt tectonics on a regional scale.
WHAT IS A FIRST TIME FOR YOU ON THIS EXPEDITION?
This is my second time at sea. The first time was about a year ago aboard the R/V Atalante (Ifremer - France) in the Western Mediterranean Sea. During three weeks in WestmedFlux2 survey, we collected over 60 new heat flow measurements and chirp, magnetometry and gravity data. However, each time is different and unique.
WHAT ARE YOU MOST EXCITED TO LEARN/DISCOVER?
3D seismic, of course! I am so excited to discover how they deploy 4 streamers keeping a constant distance between them and how the crew handles all the equipment from the lab. Moreover, I am curious about the relationship among people in a ship after 5 weeks of navigation. It will be amazing!
WHY DO YOU LOVE MARINE SCIENCE/GEOSCIENCE?
I have always been fascinated by the study of geological structures buried by hundreds of meters of water in the remotes seas of the world. Everything starts and ends in the oceans and studying their past evolution is fundamental to understanding their future.
TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT YOURSELF.
I was born in a small region in the Italian Alps (Aosta Valley, amazing place!). After my Geology degree I moved, attracted by the sea, reaching first Trieste and then Brest. And now I am in middle of nowhere, dreaming about another scientific mission, survey or adventure.