09/07/2018

Jonathan Lancelot goes into port by zodiac to prepare for docking Tara

09/07/2018

The French flag getting ready for arrival

09/07/2018

The schooner about to enter Portland for a 3-day stopover

09/07/2018

Land is sighted after 17 days and nights of navigation across the Pacific Ocean

09/07/2018

Last night before arrival in Portland

09/07/2018

Scientists labeling samples collected from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

09/07/2018

2 special pumps aboard Tara use sea water to put out flames in case of fire

09/07/2018

Fire drills performed during navigation

04/07/2018

No break in the rhythm: night and day, the crew keeps sampling

04/07/2018

Microplastics are sorted by size, using a ruler

04/07/2018

Now it’s time to sort the micro-plastics and separate them from living organisms

04/07/2018

Scientists aboard Tara filter samples of surface water collected while sailing

04/07/2018

Just under the ocean's surface are countless plastic fragments smaller than grains of rice

04/07/2018

Contrary to a current misconception, this area is far from being a “plastic continent”

04/07/2018

Maria-Luiza Pedrotti, CNRS marine biologist specialized in micro-plastics at the LOV (Laboratoire Océanographique de Villefranche-sur-Mer) is scientific coordinator of Tara's mission in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

04/07/2018

On the way to Portland, Tara scientists are studying micro-plastics in the Pacific trash vortex (also called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch)

26/06/2018

Collected samples are put into tubes and carefully labelled before being stored in freezers or refrigerators in the forward hold

26/06/2018

Sample analysis continues in the dry lab

26/06/2018

Time to filter the collected water to discover what's hiding there

26/06/2018

The collector of the high speed net contains plankton samples

26/06/2018

After one hour, the high speed net is brought back aboard the schooner and processing of samples begins

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