The day the dinosaurs died or at least the non-avian ones.

The day the dinosaurs died or at least the non-avian ones.

Good science is conservative. Good scientists, by nature, are good skeptics. Scientists can argue for decades over a working hypothesis before consensus is ever reached. We can spend our entire careers disagreeing and trying to counter other arguments regarding a particular scientific concept. Due to this natural skepticism, a humongous body of evidence is required to dismantle any pre-existing idea. One example of this skeptical scientific process involves telling the story of what might have…

Food, glorious FOOD!

Food, glorious FOOD!

A transit on a drill ship at sea is not ordinarily where you would expect to be fine dining, but so far on the JOIDES Resolution, the culinary delights keep coming! Around the clock, the School of Rockers and rest of the crew are treated to a huge variety of menu items, specifically designed to nourish and satisfy all tastes and appetites. Each day’s dinner menu includes three different entrees, often featuring a variety of…

Rockers Crossing the Line!

On Tuesday, July 18, 2017 @ 7:47 pm; 00 00.00 latitude; E141 05.00 longitude the School of Rockers crossed the Earth’s geographic equator aboard the JOIDES Resolution! Why is this a big deal for the rockers? Because for a sailor who has never crossed the equator this marks his or her transformation from a “slimy pollywog” (one who has not crossed the equator) to a Trusty Shellback; also called a son or daughter of Neptune. A…

Exploring the Inner Earth – Crust to Core

Exploring the Inner Earth – Crust to Core

Written By David Hansen The focus of today’s discussion provided insight into the structure of the Earth, plate interactions, the importance of mentorship and a science cafe discussion. Did you know the Earth is made of various liquid and solid layers?  The solid inner core, liquid outer core, solid mantle, soft upper mantle (also called the asthenosphere) and solid lithosphere (which includes the Earth’s crust) are the components that make up the layers of the…

All Stop!

All Stop!

Well, yes and no.  Even when the ship is stopped, there’s still a flurry of activity.  Today, the ship was stopped so that the engineers could do another test of our newly upgraded DPS (dynamic positioning system).  This system is critical during drilling because it keeps the JR over the drill hole as they drill the core samples.  You can imagine how problematic it would be if they weren’t over the hole.  So, once we…

Paleomagnetism and STEM Diversity at the School of Rock

Hello again from aboard the JOIDES Resolution! Today is our sixth official day of School of Rock, and it astounds me how much we have all learned in such a short amount of time. My name is Colleen Henegan, and I am an AP Environmental Science teacher at KIPP Austin Collegiate High School in Austin, Texas. I found out about this amazing opportunity through my geologist friend…and fellow School of Rock-er…Rachel Bernard. We are both…

Go Fish

Fumbling around in the dark, I felt my way up to the bridge deck to collect my midnight water sample.  Tom (the second mate) had helped us collect the first sample of the voyage earlier in the day, and I felt my way back to the spot as my eyes slowly adjusted.  Exhausted, I looked down the water hurdling past the boat 15 meters (50 feet) below me, and felt a bit apprehensive by the…

Identifying sediments and microfossils

Being at sea on such a large vessel is a new experience for me, and each day has been exciting.  The Philippines are beautiful, and the geology is amazing. Our morning began with a dolphin sighting off the port side, where we also saw flying fish! The remainder of the day was spent observing marine sediment cores and making smear slides.  Smear slides are a quick and easy way for sedimentologists to identify sediment styles…

Diatoms, Calcareous Nannos, and Radiolarians – Oh my!

Diatoms, Calcareous Nannos, and Radiolarians – Oh my!

Diatoms, Calcareous Nannos and Radiolarians, Oh my!  And that’s not all!  Today we learned about the types of sediments that are found in the world’s oceans!  The day started with getting the basics of sediment classification with expert, Steve Hovan, just one of our instructors here aboard the JR. Once we had a handle on all the ins and outs of the muck on and under the seafloor, we learned just how scientists use data to…