Rough seas and gale-force winds are one of the many challenges faced by geologists, oceanographers, biologists, and other scientists studying the marine environment. This photo was taken in 2005 during a voyage to understand the age and origin of the marine Naturaliste Plateau, which lies off Western Australia. Another challenge is the remoteness of the study area – the rocks of the seafloor - which lie over 3 kilometres beneath the turbulent surface!

School of Earth Sciences