Blog Posts Tagged "sampling"
This is the second installment in the two part summary of the life of a core on board the JOIDES Resolution. They are the ultimate reason we are out here, so what happens to them should be everyone’s primary concern. So where were we? Oh yes, we had just finished a series of steps that allowed us to learn a little bit more about the cores while they are in their whole state. Now let’s see what happens next.
Cores come in 24 hours a day, 7 days a week when we are at a drilling site. They are processed round the clock by the technicians, and then the scientists begin the process of whole round testing. After they’ve had a chance to warm up to room temperature we split them into halves. One half is imaged, described and archived. The other half is the working half. What happens to it? In this blog I’ll try to describe the story of the working half.
Core on deck is the call to everyone that another tube of rock has been recovered from the seafloor. That’s when the fun begins. The core has many different paths it may take and some of it ends up as a hockey puck.