“ONE THING THAT SURPRISED YOU IN SOR?”

“ONE THING THAT SURPRISED YOU IN SOR?”

July 25, we are about to finish our 371T expedition – 2017 School of Rock (SOR). We have only two more nights on board, and the question of the day: “One thing that surprised you in SOR?” led us to reflect on everything we have experienced together since the day we entered in JR (JOIDES Resolution) on July 8: the magnificence of the JR and its stability, the number of new things we have learned,…

July 26 Blog: Exploring the long lost continent of Zealandia: Background & Scientific goals for Expedition 371

IODP Expedition 371: Exploring the Tectonic and Climate History of Zealandia This expedition has an amazing task in front of it as it will try to tackle scientific questions about both the tectonic and climate history of Zealandia as well as try to connect how tectonic changes affected global climate in the past. To fully understand the recent past, it may be nice to first look back at the history of Zealandia through geologic history….

Pekar’s July 25 Blog: The International Ocean Discovery Program Expedition 371: Tasman Sea Frontier

The International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) Expedition 371: Tasman Sea Frontier (https://iodp.tamu.edu/scienceops/expeditions/tasman_frontier_subduction_climate.html) will drill below the sea floor to recover sediments deposited on the newly named 8th continent of the world called Zealandia. The expedition will take place on the JOIDES Resolution (JR), which is a large drilling ship specially constructed to obtain continuous sedimentary cores.     Figure 1. This is picture of the JOIDES Resolution the coast of Hawaii.  Photo is from IODP.  …

Thinking about Rocks

Everything I’ve ever known about rocks comes from exploring a creek bed in southern Kentucky with my Grandma. My parents would drop myself and my brother off every summer without fail for a week or two at Grandma’s. She lived in a small town and her neighbors were dairy farmers. Usually we’d take a day trip out to the creek with a trunk full of a packed cooler, towels, and old plastic buckets (the kind…

Lift Off!!!!!!!

By Matthew Campbell Day 15 on the 2017 School of Rock Expedition began with a discussion on understanding Global Climate Change, and its relationship to human activities and processes happening today. Our group was exposed to new learning activities and modules designed by the educators at the Museum of Paleontology, University of California, Berkley Campus.  These activities provided hands on approach comparing the differences between ‘cause’ and ‘effect’ in relationship to changing climate, providing a…

July 24: Background on the International Ocean Discovery Program

The expedition (i.e., IODP Expedition 371) I will be on is part of the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP). It is an amazing program and I would like to share a bit of its history as it is the most successful international science program (perhaps outside the International Space Station) and for me being on an IODP expedition is the closest I will ever get to being on USS Enterprise with Captain Kirk and Spock!!…

May All Scientists Have Good Mothers!

May All Scientists Have Good Mothers!

I know, it may seem a bit odd to start a blog entry on an advanced oceangoing research vessel by saying something that may seem so left of center – but hear me out. And if you have not the best relationship with your natal person – please substitute an appropriate corollary. At School of Rock (SOR) we start every day with a go-around where we share some aspect of our professional craft; a bit…

A reflective prelude blog before I leave on this amazing adventure

Waiting in JFK for the flight………. The flying portion of this journey will take me half around the Earth, into the southern hemisphere, past New Zealand and to ancient continent of Australia. The entire journey will consist of about 20 hours of flight time in total, with a stop over at LAX and then a 15-hour flight to Sydney, Australia. The first leg of the journey will take me to the non-exotic place of LAX,…

Pekar’s first blog: Introduction

Greetings I am a geology professor in the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Queens College and research past climate and oceanographic changes during times (16- 45 million years ago) when CO2 was as high as what is predicted for the 21st century (500-1000 ppm). With CO2 is rising rapidly today due to anthropogenic fossil fuel use and changes in land use (e.g., cutting down forest, etc.), Humanity has started an uncontrolled experiment that is…

Rockers rocking through the West Pacific – #thefloatingclassroom

Rockers rocking through the West Pacific – #thefloatingclassroom

Spectacular, sparkling sunrises and colourful, radiating sunsets, cracking thunderstorms accompanied by vibrant, fork and sheet lightning, swelling waves which abate to mirrored incandescent, coloured Pacific blue waters, prevailing winds which swirl around the ship providing a much needed cooling effect to relieve the day’s humidity, volcanic island arcs defined by violently erupted stratovolcanoes and their lava domes and nightly bioluminescent glows episodic revealing themselves in the smashing bow waves of the ship. This is just…