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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When the Clock Strikes Twelve!

When the hand reaches 12 noon it is time for the ‘day shift’ scientists to start work.

Guerrilla Drill-a: an ambush of drilling terms!

(photo of our tool pusher, Bubba, with an XCB and RCB drill bits- by Cedric Hamelin)