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

August 04, 2014 - September 29, 2014

What happens at the edges of large oceanic plates when subduction begins?

This will not only give insight into how subduction zones form, but also how the magma generated from this process eventually becomes the crust of an island arc and then a continent.

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Noah's Ark

As pointed out to those who step aboard the JR, animals are all over the boat. You just have to look.

If you walk along the catwalk to the doghouse, you might overhear the crew talking about Bigfoot stuck near the mousehole.  Rather than tying yourself in a sheepshank wondering what they are talking about, bone up on your drill ship lingo.


What Shipboard Scientists Do When Not Doing Science

We are in the second-to-last week of Expedition 352, drilling our last Site (a new Site – 1442A!), and everybody is looking toward the finish, when we dock in Keelung. And I don’t think I’m talking out of turn in saying that we’re starting to get a little punchy from the all-science-all-the-time that we’ve chosen to pursue for most of the last two months – certainly, I am!