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Geochemists: Living in the Lab of Luxury

Most of the scientists are based up on the core deck, where they have easy access to the sediment as it comes in. The downside is they don't have much space to spread out, and if people aren't watching where they're going, someone's likely to get a core section to the back of the head.

Mechanical Mystery Tour

The JR has pulled into site U1462, and while we wait for the first cores to come up, the scientists get a tour of the parts of the ships we normally don't get to see. For most of the expedition, we live and work near the bow (front) of the ship, in the laboratories, accommodation, mess hall, and rec areas. So let's explore the noisy world of heavy marine industry!

Let's Get Physical Properties

It takes an incredible amount of money and effort to retrieve a sediment core from below the sea. So we make sure we squeeze them for every last drop of scientific data, (sometimes literally) with an absolute GAUNTLET of tests. 

Palaeontologists: Counting the Little Things

The JOIDES Resolution is like some sort of elite  dream-team, brought together with a single purpose: plundering the watery grave of time. But unlike in Hollywood, which might have a team of safe-crackers, con-men, and explosives experts, our team has sedimentologists, geochemists, and explosives experts.

Location, location, location.

For those of you who have not been following our location through our interactive map (why not??!!?!), we’ve moved to our “expected 3rd” site U1461! I say “expected 3rd” because site U1459 was an alternate to U1458 – and come on, they’re practically on top of each other on the map! (If you couldn’t tell from the map, U1458 is the red star beneath the U1459 orange star – they are, in fact, only 1 nautical mile apart (see my earlier blog!))

Reviewed, Shiny and Chrome!

Science used to be so simple. There was a time when you could just walk down the street, look at a rainbow, and discover refraction, or gravity, or calculus or something. But nowadays most of the big obvious stuff has been discovered already, and modern science often involves things too tiny, or huge, or invisible to research without specialized equipment.
Luckily, some of that equipment is SUPER RAD.

Benefits of Having a Boat Full of Geniuses

It’s fixed!!

Australia was not one of the most welcoming countries to me when I first arrived (see my other blog: Goodbye Land, Hello Dramamine). It was definitely keeping me humble by taking away many of my non-essentials (in this case my flat iron). In truth I should have known the difference between a plug converter and a voltage converter… and not bring unnecessary items for the sake of my personal satisfaction.

Stepping-Stones to the Future

Geology gives us a way to look back in time. But to see some of the earliest forms of life, you don't need a drilling ship like the JOIDES Resolution. You just need to take a trip to Shark Bay, Western Australia, to visit the Stromatolites.

There Will Be Mud

We’ve arrived at site 4, and are making great progress, recovering about 40 metres of sediment an hour!
Though this site seems relatively easy to core, it presents two interesting challenges. First, the sediment so far has a VERY strong smell of rotten eggs. Secondly, we’re drilling right in the middle of the Carnarvon Basin, the most productive petroleum field in Australia. This makes things tricky.

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