Blog Posts Tagged "Louisville seamount trail"

I Flew Into a Burning Ring of Fire

If, like me, you had just spent thirty hours traveling from the east coast of the United States to Auckland, New Zealand, then while you were riding in the shuttle from the airport to your hotel, you also may have noticed that Auckland looks like it could be a city found on the east coast of the United States  (well, except for the fact that the trees

What is a Seamount?

Yesterday, the JOIDES Resolution set sail from Auckland, New Zealand into the Pacific Ocean to drill on the seamounts of the Louisville Seamount trail. This may cause you to ask a lot of questions, one of which probably is: what in the world is a seamount?

Explore the Louisville Seamount Trail using Google Earth

Google Earth is a free, downloadable program that allows anyone to actively explore the geography and topography of the entire world, including the ocean floor.

Core Describers

Hello. I’m sailing on the Louisville Expedition 330 and I’ll be blogging about what I do, the science onboard the ship and life at sea in general. This first blog will be an introduction to what I do.

How the Ring of Fire is an Exclusive Club the Louisville Seamount Trail Cannot Get Into

If you look at the picture that accompanies this blog, you will notice that just to the left of the Louisville seamount trail is a dark blue line that runs all the way down to New Zealand. That line is a boundary. To the left of it all the volcanoes (and there are a lot of them) are in the Pacific Ring of Fire.

Find Out Which of the World’s Volcanoes are Erupting Today, Today!

One of our main research objectives for drilling the Louisville seamount trail is to try to better understand what is happening in the mantle underneath it. Volcanoes and earthquakes are our most dramatic reminders that the inside of the Earth is not a static ball of rock: there is a fluid mantle that is causing the seemingly solid crust beneath us to move and change.

What do Hawaii, Yellowstone National Park and the Louisville Seamount Trail all have in common?

So your first guess may be “tourist destination.” That is 2/3 correct, the exception being tourists rarely visit the Louisville Seamount Trail (at least, not without a drill ship). The answer that is 3/3 correct is that all three of these places were created by hotspots.

What's so cool about Louisville?

So, why have 31 scientists and 90 operation staff, technicians, ships crew and drillers travelled from around the world to get on board a boat in Auckland, New Zealand to sail into the middle of nowhere? To study the Louisville Seamount Trail of course!

Deck the Labs With Cores of Basalt

Santa Claus, reindeer and gas station attendants are not the only people working on Christmas Day this year. Everyone onboard the JOIDES Resolution is working today as well. The captain and crew are making sure the ship is running smoothly. The engineers and roughnecks are continuing to drill into the seamount to bring up more cores of volcanic rocks.

Why Paleomagnetists Rule!

Meet Nicola Pressling, one of the scientists on board, and find out why paleomagnetists have the coolest job you probably never heard of before.