Sea-going oceanographers, like those aboard the R/V Sikuliaq today, have a cautionary principle that they always keep in the back of their minds. When an expensive piece of scientific equipment, the vital infrastructure that makes up most of the budget for an ocean research team, goes over the side of a ship and into the sea you can’t expect for certain you will ever see it again.
For most of us in our daily lives we think of our world in three dimensions. We need to get up out of bed, across the floor, and through the door to the kitchen to make the coffee. But when it comes to observing the physical nature of planet earth what is happening at a given location in three-dimensional space is only half of the story.