Exploring beneath the ocean floor.

The JR is a seagoing research vessel that drills core samples and collects measurements from under the ocean floor, giving scientists a glimpse into Earth’s development.

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Now At Sea

April 03, 2014 - May 30, 2014

One of the key objectives of the IODP is to understand the initiation and evolution of oceanic arcs. This is where oceanic plates converge and one dives beneath another, producing strings of volcanic islands above the subduction zone. This is how continental crust making begins. The Izu-Bonin-Mariana (IBM) arc, off the southern coast of Japan, has been a target for researching this process for many years.

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A Rose By Any Other Name

I love the way Bob (one of our amazing geomagnetists, who uncovers the history and magnetic secrets of the Earth by looking at tiny cubes of mud!) so willingly agreed to model this beautiful rose. What more fitting setting could there be? Here is an ‘undertaker’, in a hard hat, in the middle of the ocean, with a flower of remembrance!

The World is a Very Small Place

When I was a child (which was a long time ago), my window on the world was through books. One day my Dad came home with a gift from one of his teaching colleagues. What a wonderful gift it was! It was a beautiful, old (even then) complete set of the Encyclopaedia Britannica! The car seemed to be full of these big, heavy books, beautifully bound with gold lettering.