Okay, so I should be more specific. What I’m actually talking about is sediment, or deep-sea sediment. Before I dive into how we are collecting these precious samples, I would like to propose an addendum to Murphy’s Law. Let’s call it the Harrison-Lyons Addendum to Murphy’s Law, informally known as the Sediment Law:
If sediment can get somewhere, it will.
What does this mean, you ask. Well, from our experience, if sediment is on deck and not yet in its sample jar, then it will find a way to get all over you. Underfoot, on your helmet, on your vest, on your shirts, in your socks, and the forgotten corners of the deck. EVERYWHERE. Sponges get most of it off, and a salt water rinse will get a fair portion of the remainder. BUT, the sediment will prevail, in the same way that the Dude abides. Permanently.
Good. Have fun in the mud.