Nature Writing 2.doc - October 10 Descending through time and space we float down the water column as our bubbles rise to the surface behind us Tiny

Nature Writing 2.doc - October 10 Descending through time...

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October 10 Descending through time and space, we float down the water column as our bubbles rise to the surface behind us. Tiny suspended particles create a dense fog of silt making visibility very poor, maybe five feet at best. We move along the mooring line, thumb and forefinger held together to form an O around the rope. This connection to the other world seems so delicate, so inadequate. Losing the line means losing visual reference, losing the expected point of exit where the crew awaits a safe return. For a time, we drift in between worlds where everything is glowing. At the surface, the sun was incredibly bright. White light scattered off each wave crest creating a brilliant sparkling display. But the powerful rays of the sun can not penetrate into the depths of the ocean and the light quickly begins to fade away. I turn on my flashlight and it shoots out a cone of blue. A few feet above, my partner follows suit. We become two moon beams slowly rotating in the dark, illuminating the line which leads the way. We move through the thermocline and the water is immediately colder. The blood starts to pump more vigorously as we fall deeper and deeper. It is dark and there are no signs of life around us. No clues hint at our location in the underwater world but we know we are off the eastern point of Gloucester, Massachusetts in the Gulf of Maine, a pocket of water pushed out from the expansive Atlantic Ocean.
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