Blog Posts Tagged "Lesser Antilles"

Ocean Detectives Aboard 340 Mission

This logo on the port and starboard side of the JOIDES Resolution says it all; we are beginning our journey as ocean detectives hoping to uncover the earth’s mysteries preserved in the ocean’s floor.

Safety First even for USF mascot Rocky the Bull

First task after we had sailed a few hours was to have our first all hands Safety Drill. When the very loud bell rang, we all grabbed our life vests, eye goggles and hard hats. Sort of like ‘March of the Penguins’ we all climbed the stairs to the life boats to await our instructions.

Meet the chief Ocean Detectives

Meet the chief scientists for our Expedition, Dr.'s Anne Le Friant (follow her blog) and Osamu Ishizuka. They have collectively written the script for this exploration developed through the scientific review process.

Day 3 @ Sea: Greeted by a rainbow!

Today after awaking went on deck to see the morning view. As I rounded the corner to face the island I was awed by the beauty of a rainbow arced over the beautiful island of Montserrat. There are multiple volcanoes on this island the best known is the Soufriere Hills volcano. The eruptions began in 1995 and continue today.

Day 4 @ Sea: My favorite memory for today

Today I visited the moon pool. This is one of the coolest places on the Jr. It is located on the drill floor a deck below where my office is located on the Foc’sle Deck (Forecastle). A hard hat and safety glasses are required, ear plugs are suggested too. What is the moon pool?

JR Drilling Team: Where it all begins!

Drilling for an ocean core requires the deployment of drilling equipment and eventual retrieval back to the drill floor located on the stern of the vessel. The entire process is a wonder to watch, precision with massive, wielding clanking pipes of steel.

Retrieving an Ocean Core: JR Drill Floor

Hard hats, goggles and ear plugs, everyone! Drilling for an ocean core requires the deployment of an elaborate array drilling gear and eventual retrieval of all gear back to the drill floor. The entire process is a wonder to watch, precision with massive, wielding clanking pipes of steel.

Why Montserrat?

We are sailing in the Lesser Antilles or West Indies of the Caribbean Sea. Scientists aboard the JR such as volcanologist, sedimentologist, inorganic geochemist, and micropaleontologist are at this location in the ocean because of the volcano on Montserrat, called the Soufriere Hills volcano. This is one of the best studied volcanoes on the planet.

A note from Co-Chief Ishizuka

The following is a brief summary of the drilling progress during week one of expedition 340.