Blog Posts Tagged "mariana trench"

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Every once in awhile there will be external blogging from the ship by education officer, Amy West. Here is a snippet of the first one:

Going on a Rock Cruise

Imagine two, 60-mile-thick slabs of rock running into each other. Which gives first and why?

Houston, we've landed on….Boninite

Our entire mission is dependent on seismic data and our interpretation of it. We can be wildly off, or spot on with what we think we’ll encounter during drilling. It’s a highly educated guess, but what worried many members of the team was drilling through too much sediment before they hit the hard rock.

Mysterious mud volcanoes explained by Chief Scientists

Hi there! My latest video is available on Youtube<. Watch to learn why our scientists are so excited about blue mud, and how the science conducted on this expedition can help us better understand earthquakes and tsunamis.

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 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.

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.

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).