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Seasickness in Reverse!

In the main entry hall to the JOIDES Resolution there is a large screen showing the weather patterns in the seas south of Japan. The winds are shown as dynamic white streaks constantly sweeping across the map. You can see where all the storms are building up: where the winds are contracting in and swirling around a deepening point as they move either towards or away from us.

Happy Earth Day from the Philippine Sea!

I hope you all had an excellent Earth Day on April 22nd. Did you all hug a tree, ride a bike or read the Pale Blue Dot monologue by my main man Carl Sagan? I tried to hug a tree, but my arms wouldn’t reach (clearly I’m awesome at jokes). Although I’m really far away from land, being out at sea really felt like I was a part of the 'Blue' in Blue Marble.

Bits, Cones and Logs!

The drill heads have a limited life before the cutting bits and bearings are worn away. The expertise of the drilling crew is paramount when it comes to deciding when the point has come to stop drilling. If we were to push on until the drill head broke up inside the hole it would mean that we could not drill any deeper, and the hole would have to be abandoned.

Sea Life Extraordinaire!

Jules Verne has a lot to answer for! When he wrote the book ‘20,000 Leagues Under the Sea’, about the exploits of Captain Nemo and his submarine vessel the Nautilus, he described giant squid, or octopi, attacking the vessel and killing a crewman.

Easter Rocks! Kevin Talks! Meet your Operations Superintendent

Happy Easter on the JOIDES Resolution! One of our co-chief scientists, Cathy Busby, had little treats for us today, Peeps and chocolate eggs! We had some spectacular core come up with excellent blue/green colors. Due to Internet limitations, I’m only able to upload one photo, but please do visit our facebook page to see images of the spectacular core! www.facebook.com/joidesresolution

At The Cutting Edge of Science

The information that is gathered during these marine geoscience expeditions contributes hugely to our knowledge and understanding of how the Earth evolved and is still evolving. It underpins our models of climate change, the emplacement of valuable minerals and the distribution of natural hazards in both space and time.

A Rose By Any Other Name

I love the way Bob (one of our amazing geomagnetists, who uncovers the history and magnetic secrets of the Earth by looking at tiny cubes of mud!) so willingly agreed to model this beautiful rose. What more fitting setting could there be? Here is an ‘undertaker’ (he has it written on his helmet!), in his hard hat, in the middle of the ocean, with a flower of remembrance!

The World is a Very Small Place

When I was a child (which was a long time ago), my window on the world was through books. One day my Dad came home with a gift from one of his teaching colleagues. What a wonderful gift it was! It was a beautiful, old (even then) complete set of the Encyclopaedia Britannica! The car seemed to be full of these big, heavy books, beautifully bound with gold lettering.

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). After reading this blog test your knowledge of drill terms in the quiz at the bottom!

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