Searching the collections for Aries related material, I came across the folder “Rhines, Peter, correspondence, computations, comments on the Aries Observations” in the Mid-Ocean Dynamics Experiment (MODE) records, AC-0042.
Hmmmm, what were these “Aries Observations”? Apparently, nothing to do with stars, but rather with the deep blue, and specifically a boat named Aries.
According to J.C. Swallow who published comments about the Aries observations in 1971, they are, “A series of current measurements made using neutrally buoyant floats, mainly from the research vessel Aries, in the western North Atlantic Ocean in 1959-60, revealing unexpectedly strong variable currents in the deep water.” The Aries current measurements in the western North Atlantic, 1971.*
In the MODE records, we find Peter Rhines’s comment to Swallow’s comments also written in 1971 when Rhines was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Meteorology at MIT. The opening lines read,
“Dr. Swallow’s observations of the vertical profile of currents show how different a view of the deep ocean is now emerging. The tendency of currents to increase with depth below the permanent thermocline is so striking that it seems timely to point out that just this possibility was suggested recently by linearized theory (Rhines, 1970).”
“A Comment on the Aries Observations” by Peter Rhines in Mid-Ocean Dynamics Experiment records, AC-0042, box 2, folder 76. MIT Institute Archives and Special Collections.
A full description of the collection is available on EMMAS (the new! MIT Archives and Special Collections public discovery interface). Below is a little more context from that description about the collection:
The records of the Mid-Ocean Dynamics Experiment (MODE), 1970-1976, document the development, organization, progress, and results of a large-scale, intensive and logistically complicated oceanography program. Robert Heinmiller, a research associate at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and later coordinator of the succeeding POLYMODE project, collected the MODE records from the working files of Nick P. Fofonoff of WHOI, Executive Officer Dennis Moore, Curt Collins of the National Science Foundation, and Carl Wunsch of MIT.
Horoscope: Scientific inquiry may confirm your hunches about what lies beneath the surface.
Other posts in this series include:
Your Archival Horoscope: Pisces
Your Archival Horoscope: Aquarius
Your Archival Horoscope: Introduction
*Swallow, J. C. “The Aries Current Measurements in the Western North Atlantic.” Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series A, Mathematical and Physical Sciences, vol. 270, no. 1206, 1971, pp. 451–460. JSTOR, http://www.jstor.org/stable/73905.