Now At Sea

February 04, 2016 - March 31, 2016

Expedition 361: South African Climates will drill core six sites on the southeast African margin and Indian–Atlantic ocean gateway to better understand the relationship between the Agulhas Current -- the strongest western boundary current in the Southern Hemisphere -- and the development of climate in southern Africa during the Pliocene/Pleistocene periods.

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First Cores! Fossils, Fossils, Fossils (but very, very small!)

I am beset with dish pan hands from the last two days of turning lumps of grey mud into geologic time.  How does that work?  Our mud has turned up pretty foraminifera as well as calcareous NANNOfossils (i.e.

Happy International Women in Science Day!

The photo is actually still missing two of the women aboard this expedition.

Also, please make sure to read the updated webpage for Expedition 361 - I've added a "primer" version to the scientific abstract explaining the expedition's mission and goals.  Let me know if it helps!