Blog Posts Tagged "calcareous nannofossils"

Making smear slides

Hi crew: So what is “ooze” anyway? Well, there are two flavors:siliceous ooze and calcareous ooze. There are many, many types of microscopic organisms that live in the sunlit surface waters of the world ocean (don’t drink the water!). But some produce mineralized hard parts that preserve to the sediments; that is why geologists study these beasts.

U1332 Science Report(s)

From time to time we'll combine or alternate between Ron's reports and the science updates I send to shore.  There's so much science and so little time...   Remember that we post all official reports on the IODP United States Implementing Organization website< where you can always access more detail.  Got questions?&

Rad-ical Science Update(s)

Don't forget all of our science reports are available on the IODP website<.  Here's what's been happening over the last few days.  If you're not into oozes< and chalk, you may find these kind of weird.  Enjoy and keep those comments and quesitons coming!     Adam

New Micropaleontology Video

It has been at least a week since we've posted a science update.  If you're following Expedition 320, however, you know that among other things, we're looking for and finding microfossils-- tiny radiolarians, foraminiferans, and calcareous nannofossils that help our scientists tease out the stories of climatic events of the past 50 million years. 

Discoaster Inferno

Despite their excellent name, Discoasters do not resemble John Travolta. Instead they look like the second half of their name ("-aster"). They are microscopic algae whose fossilized remains resemble an asterix (*).