Blog Posts Tagged "Expedition 335"

What's in a Name? Expedition 335 "Superfast" Begins!

Early on Sunday morning, 17 April, we set sail from Puntarenas, Costa Rica, heading for hole "1256D," which lies on the Cocos tectonic plate off of Costa Rica. In the middle of the night last night, we reached our destination, positioning our ship over hole 1256D.

Action on the rig floor

Taking Time to Enjoy the Moment

With seas this calm, we get some pretty spectacular sunrises and sunsets.

Waiting for action in the lab

Beautiful Saturday morning, the sun was already hot at 8 am. The scientific party must still be patient… We are continuing our efforts to get through an obstruction in the hole at ~900 meters below the seafloor.

How Deep Can We Go?

Okay, so here we are, back at a scientific drill hole that's already pretty deep -- 1.5 kilometers below the seafloor, to be exact. And, if all goes well, before this 6-week expedition is over, we'll increase the depth of the hole by another 400 meters into the lower oceanic crust.

The famous 1256D Panama hat

Here's Damon Teagle, co-chief of Expedition 335. He was also co-chief of ODP Leg 206, and IODP Expedition 309, two of the three previous cruises at site 1256. Damon and Doug Wilson (also co-chief of ODP Leg 206, and lead proponent of the original proposal) are the two scientists who have participated to all cruises at site 1256.

Ratatouille, and Burgers, and Flan, Oh My!

All hail the Camp Boss – and all his talented crew who keep everyone on board fed so well from morning to night! On this ship, everyone works 12 hour shifts, 7 days a week. From drillers working out in the hot sun to the technicians and scientists laboring away in the labs, we all need lots of fuel to keep us going.

Ocean crust cored since 1974

This graph shows the total number of boreholes that were drilled and cored deeper than 100 meters in oceanic crust (oceanic plateaus and passive margins are not counted here) since the beginning of scientific ocean driling in 1968. These 34 holes represent less than 2% of the 332 kilometers of cores recovered since DSDP Leg 1.

A Fierce Visitor Stops for Lunch

A few days ago, this fierce looking fellow stopped for a brief respite on the JR before continuing on his (or her?) way north for the summer. Sandy Dillard, a marine lab specialist on this expedition and an avid birder, recognized right away that we had a Peregrine falcon in our midst.

Inquiring Minds Want to Know: A Student Asks How We Drill

Several weeks before Expedition 335 began, a student named Devon read about our upcoming expedition in an online article while doing research for a current events project for his science class. As he explained in an email to our co-chief, Benoit Ildefonse…