Danielle took a trip to the Coast Range Ophiolite Microbial Observatory (CROMO) to sample well waters from an active serpentination site, located near Lower Lake, California. This was a collaborative effort between the Ono Lab at MIT and scientists from NASA Ames, Michigan State, Rhode Island, and East Carolina who came together to study the geochemistry and microbiology of this site. Learn more about the McLaughlin Research Station and read about the project here (open access article from Scientific Drilling).
The team prepares for a day of sampling at the McLaughlin Research Station.
We visit one set of wells to pump water and make some preliminary analyses on site.
The team pumping water for both microbio and geochemical analyses.
We ended up pumping water late into the night.
Water samples that we collected and packed to ship back to MIT (2 L bottles).
A sunset hike at the end of the trip.