Blog Posts Tagged "seamounts"
Right now the JOIDES Resolution is drilling into a mountain that is over 4000 meters (13,000 feet) tall. The mountain is actually underneath me in the photo, but can you tell it is there just by looking at the ocean?
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.
If you lived your life like a volcanic island, you would spend a long time growing without anyone knowing you were there, have an explosive debut into the atmosphere, continue growing but become much less explosive resulting in a bunch of resort hotels being built all over you, become so heavy you make the ground sink underneath you until you disappear from view and then end your life by fallin
One advantage teaching science has over pretty much all other subjects is the ability to bring in cool demonstrations and hands-on activities to introduce and reinforce concepts.
All the scientists on the JR are here to describe the rocks and sediments we are drilling. While most of the geologists are describing the cores by using their eyeballs and their brains (and maybe a hand lens and a microscope), Physical Properties Specialist Patrick Fulton is able to describe them by using instruments with cool names like Pycnometer and Whole-Round Multisensor Logger.
Someday, seventy million years from now when the cockroach people are the dominant species on the planet, they are going to have their own marine research drilling program and are going to be drilling on a seamount whose top is 1,500 meters below the surface, and are going to be surprised when they discover a sedimentary core that has a Don Ho record in it, because it turns out the seamount is
Take a trip with me, the Blogfish, in my ship the Unobtainium Falcon to find out a little about what scientists know about the inside of the Earth.
Jason Sylvan is a microbiologist on an expedition about deep-sea volcanoes.