Low Recovery Therapy

We have now changed out our drilling technology and are making progress towards our final target. The main problem is that we are still relatively shallow in the section and so the sediment is quite soft and result of this is that we don't get a lot of material when we try to take a core using the rotary drilling technology.

Bit change

We have now successfully recovered the top 200 m of the sediment at our new site and we are now preparing to drill deeply, hopefully as far as 1000 m below the seafloor into the igneous basement of the Laxmi Basin.

This is a drill, this is a drill

Guardian of the Physical Property lab

After making significant progress yesterday we are now changing out drilling bit so that we can complete our penetration to the igneous basement at the bottom of the Laxmi Basin. This gives me the opportunity to introduce you to one of our physical property team, Dr. Annette Hahn from the University Bremen in Germany.

In a slump

Not entirely sure where our friend the Indus Fan is hiding but at the moment we are spending our days looking at dramatic deposits like the one in this photograph. The steep dip and the breccia shows us that the sediment is probably related to some type of underwater slumping although exactly where this stuff is coming from is another matter.

Apple Crumble in the Tropics

Geochemists in the wild

We are now back in the business of describing core again after a long hiatus following the accidental loss of the last hole. Theoretically we now have a much safer hole which will allow us to drill deeply with the protection of much more casing. The first cause of now arrived on deck and the work will now begin again in the laboratories.

Science talk series

In the series of science talks after the crossover meetings, today we had the double bonanza of listening to two very different aspects of geosciences.

Party on dude!

Science talk series

In continuation to our science talks, the next presentation was made by Dr. Ravi Mishra, from IODP-India at National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research (NCAOR), India.

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