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Journey Through the Midnight Zone

Today during one of my live classroom broadcasts, a student asked what it felt like to be higher than Mount Everest. The student was referring to our location above the Mariana Trench--the deepest part of the ocean (35,827 feet deep), often contrasted with Mount Everest since its the highest point on earth (29,035 feet high). 

New Video: The Geochemistry Dream Team!

In my latest Youtube Video, meet the amazing Geochemistry Team of Expedition 366! They are helping to uncover the mysteries of serpentine mud volcanoes by studying the interactions between fluids and rocks from deep within the earth--and how this may have sparked the origins of life.

New Video: Science Spotlight on Geological "Forensics"

Check out our latest video--Kevin Johnson, Geologist extraordinaire from the University of Hawaii, describes how he digs deep (literally!) to find evidence of tectonic plate movement and its impacts on mantle rocks that travel from deep within the Earth up to the surface and back again. It's CSI, geology edition!

Tale as Old as Time--Secrets of the Mud Volcanoes

Hidden within the countless layers of rock, sediment, and fossilized creatures beneath the Earth’s surface are fascinating stories of the history of our planet—stories of how you and I came to exist. 

Video Diary 5: Christmas festivities on the JR!

Merry Christmas from the JR! Want to see how we celebrated out here in the middle of the Pacific? Watch my latest video diary to see the singing, eating, and general merry-making! With no cores on deck, everyone had extra time to get in the festive spirit--or at least eat some extra candy.

Video Diary #4: Moon hole and blue mud

It's time for another JR update for Expedition 366! In this video I'll show you the moon pool, where the core pipe is lowered from the ship into the ocean, and some of our latest core samples--the bluest yet!

Video Diary #3

It's a few days into Expedition 366 and we have our first official core samples from the Blue Moon seamount

Video Diary #2

My next Video diary is posted! Take a peek at the ship's deck, galley, and gym. 

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