Blog Posts Tagged "Exp. 346"

"Core catchers every where!!!!"

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There is a general expectation on board while we wait to get our hands in the "mud"...some of us are even seeing core catchers everywhere, even in our meals. This wonderful dinner was the aim of our microfossil imagination, as we were playing with couscous core catcher description: the couscous were forams and the vegetables were macrofossils of all sorts...kept us busy for a while.

"Watching dolphins"

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Today we had a special treat. Some Pacific white-sided dolphins (I hope I got this species right, if not please say so) decided to visit us in the afternoon. It was quite a show as we were sailing at about 11 knots and they not only kept up with us on the side of the Joides, but were jumping all around. That was awesome and very impressive. Big smiles on those dolphin watchers.....

On our first site: JB-3

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Finally we arrived at our first site. We will be drilling at 3446m depth and there are lots of pipes going down right now. The first core is expected to be on deck at 3 am and we cannot wait to start our studies.

Sediment cores

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Here is a picture of one of the cores we got. The different colors and sediments are a record of the different sedimentation environment and respective processes. By investigating the sediment properties and components we can reconstruct these past environments and try to understand what happened in the past.