2018 – 50 years of scientific ocean drilling!

Ngā mihi o te tau hou!! Happy New Year from the JOIDES Resolution! We had the pleasure of celebrating the start of 2018 just west of the international date line, in the first time zone!!

2018 is an important year for IODP because it represents 50 years of the scientific ocean drilling program. The program name may have changed over the years, but the goals and objectives have continued to be related to discovering Earth’s secrets!

International Ocean Discovery Program Expedition 372 Creeping Gas Hydrate Slides and LWD

Here on expedition 372, we had the pleasure of kicking the new year off right with a combination of work and fun! We arrived at our final site a few minutes before midnight, engaged the dynamic positioning system (DP), and began sending pipe down 730 meters to the seafloor. While a few crew members were hard at work getting ready to drill at our final site, some of the science party members, technical staff, and the rest of the crew were celebrating the new year with dancing and festivities. The movie room turned into a dance floor and we danced until 2017 only had 15 minutes to go!

Then, we all assembled at the picnic tables to watch the ball drop! The ball was a glass sphere that one of the engineers had covered with lights and some hand-tooled numbers reading 2018! In keeping with JR tradition, a bell was rung by the oldest and youngest individuals on the ship to send off 2017 and welcome 2018, the ship’s horn sounded, and the ball was lowered from the bridge to the bow as we counted down to 2018.

Happy New Year from everyone on Expedition 372! Here’s to another 50 years of scientific ocean drilling!

Erin Todd
Kia ora koutou! My name is Erin Todd and I'm a researcher at the University of Otago studying earthquakes in New Zealand with a passion for science communication, education, and outreach. I got my bachelor's degree in geosciences at Penn State University and my PhD in seismology at the University of California Santa Cruz. When I'm not studying earthquakes, I love teaching about Earth science at local schools and in the community. I also design and develop Earth science curriculum for online courses. I love making science fun and accessible to everyone! Ngā mihi!
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