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Advice for the next Newbie....

I was going to leave this in the room for the next person (a personal “crossover”) but they’re going in for service before the next Expedition, so I’m putting it here and hopefully the next newbie will look:

Advice from a Scientist Departing his first IODP Expedition

Preparing…
--Bring no more than five days worth of clothing. Great, quick laundry service!

Expedition 352 is a wrap! Bon Voyage à Tous

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We have made it to mountainous Keelung, and everyone on board was greeted by pretty views surrounding the port and dancers and drummers performing a traditional Chinese dance. Although everyone was eager for some much needed freedom on land, there was a little trepidation about going back to the 'real world' where many obligations await us.

Winding Down and Looking Forward

We’re in our last week of Expedition 352, and for our scientific ambitions, time is everything –
 Will there be time to drill deep enough to get through the volcanics in one more site?
 Should we spend our dwindling time on logging the hole, on more drilling, or on both in some share?

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!

The Skinny on Thin Sections

A “thin section” of rock is a sample that is mounted to a microscope slide and cut so thin that you can see light through it.  The process of creating a thin section is a blend of artistry, technology and science.  It is also a bit of a dying art according to Emily Fisher, thin section specialist for Expedition 352.

 

Rushing to the finish – and a new site!

When drilling activities are completed at a particular IODP hole, several time-consuming things happen in quick order:

Bacteria in our Glass!

In an inhospitable environment (such as deep beneath the sea floor), you can surprisingly run into organisms that thrive in such conditions. These “extremophiles” live in such harsh surroundings that they are without competition from other organisms; their niche is secure.

Should We Stay or Should We Go?

There comes a time toward the end of the expedition where things can spin on a dime from having lots of time to not having enough. After the second bit change we were bringing up loads of rocks- sometimes recovering 70 percent. We were making progress toward drilling a column of rocks that would overlap with the rocks in the previous site to discover how this subduction zone was layered.

Geek blog: Ophiolites, and mixing scientists

The other reason, scientifically speaking, that we are drilling the Izu-Bonin Forearc on IODP Expedition 352 is to test ideas about a unique set of rocks that we find in mountain ranges.

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