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Scientists Tour the JR

A few days ago the science party was invited to take a tour of the JOIDES Resolution. Here is a short video of the highlights from our tour!<

Kelsie Dadd - Sedimentologist - Scientist interview!

One of the things that I get to do on this expedition is get to know the scientists. Their curiosity and tenacity for understanding how the world works is what gives purpose to these expeditions. It was my extreme pleasure to sit down with Kelsie Dadd a couple of days ago and find out a bit more about her and why she is on Expedition 368. 

Connecting the dots - rocks and life

With my undergrad in biology I am a bit like a diatom in an igneous layer of rock, out of place, on this expedition. The main purpose of this research expedition is focused on better understanding of the mechanisms of plate breakup by studying the South China Sea Rifted Margin. Rocks are what will provide the answers.

Sampling plan - rocks are hard

After the casing was installed a couple of days ago the coring team drilled down to the rock layers for a second round. This time the hope is to be able to get deeper into the rock layers because the casing (steel tubes) will stabilize the hole. Rocks are coming up on deck and this is exciting because it is the rocks that will help answer the questions in the scientific prospectus.

A floating university - The JOIDES Resolution

Now that things are settling in and everyone knows the realm of their lab and the desired format of the reports the scientists have found their work flow. With that settled there is time to appreciate what is so special about the JOIDES Resolution an the opportunity it is providing this hand picked group of scientists. This ship is truly a floating university. 

A great team! Education Outreach

Today I am feeling very thankful to be sailing on the JOIDES Resolution and because I am part of a wonderful team, the education outreach team!  At 12AM and 12PM I meet with Shuhao and Gailun the two Chinese news reporters who are sailing with us to help tell the stories of science on board this research vessel. We discuss the events of the previous day and share footage through our ipad.

Casing- an important step

Today we had a presentation by Kevin Grigar our Superintendent of Operations from IODP to explain the reason why we were up at 3AM to watch the reentry funnel go down. It is part of an assembly of tubing, called casing, that will permanently keep this hole that we have bore into the sea floor open for ever. 

There is a hole in this boat! But we are not sinking?

We all sort of knew that this moon pool existed but there was something very unnerving about watching doors open up in the middle of the boat and looking at the dark ocean waters below. Why were we not sinking? 

Student questions! Thanks Mr. Sanderfoot's classes!

This week I had the pleasure of meeting with two of Mr. Sanderfoot's classes from Berlin High School in Berlin Wisconsin. They had a chance to meet with scientists in the labs and have a virtual tour of the JOIDES Resolution at o-dark thirty here in the South China Sea! 

Evidence is your anchor out at sea!

The potential for new discoveries on JOIDES Resolution is great. Like space, the ocean floor and below are a relatively new frontier.

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