Water Studies


Ship life has its privileges

Ship life has its privileges


Posted on Aug 24, 2013

NMC Great Lakes Water Studies student Chris Horvath is in Iceland this summer on a Marine Advanced Technology Education Center (MATE) internship aboard Columbia University’s research vessel the R/V Langseth, doing research on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.  Chris is sending us periodic blog posts to update us on his adventure.  You can read the rest of them here.

It’s about 65 steps from my room to the lab, when the weather is good; or, somewhere in the neighborhood of 85 when the seas are unsettled.  The ship can be quite large if you don’t know where you are going, and 65 steps can very easily turn into 500+, which consequently is how I spent most of the first two days – aimlessly wandering the hallways, walking down the same pathways from different directions, and generally having a real hard time keeping a face like I knew what I was doing as I passed by the same deckhand for the fourth time.

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In Iceland and ready to get started

In Iceland and ready to get started


Posted on Aug 19, 2013

NMC Great Lakes Water Studies student Chris Horvath is in Iceland this summer on a Marine Advanced Technology Education Center (MATE) internship aboard Columbia University’s research vessel the R/V Langseth, doing research on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.  Chris is sending us periodic blog posts to update us on his adventure.  

This is his first entry.  It was written on August 12, but due to technical difficulties sent on August 19.

It’s been 95 days since I accepted this amazing opportunity to work aboard the R/V Marcus G. Langseth out of Reykjavik, Iceland.  Sandwiched in the wait was a 19 day delay due to the ship succumbing to engine troubles.  The trip took 15 hours to get from door to door.  And, I had gotten exactly one hour of sleep by the time I touched down in Keflavik at 9 a.m. local time.

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Adventures at the Mid-Atlantic Ridge

Adventures at the Mid-Atlantic Ridge


Posted on Aug 8, 2013

One of NMC’s Great Lakes Water Studies Institute students has been selected for the Marine Advanced Technology Education Center (MATE) Internship program. Chris Horvath, a second-year Freshwater Studies student, travelled to Reykjavik, Iceland this summer to work aboard Columbia University’s research vessel, the R/V Langseth.

Under the direction of Dr. Richard Hey of the University of Hawaii, the internship is a month-long marine geophysical expedition to collect multibeam, magnetics and gravity data that will help to determine how the Iceland plume (or whatever form of mantle convection or heterogeneity creates Iceland) caused the reorganization of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge south of Iceland.

For more information on the MATE program and internship:

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