Flat Stanley and the microscope

 Hey kids, have you seen a microscope before? The scientists here on board need it to look at very thin slices of rock, which have been cut from the cores. They are so thin that you can shine light through them and see all of the details in the rock.

Did you know rocks are made of different kinds of minerals?

Flat Stanley greets Mr. Moore

Now, I know where that sound came from. It was a rock saw, which cuts the cores into two halves. Look I'm standing on the halves and I can actually see what is inside these rock cores. These two scientists here, Julie Prytulak from Canada and Akira Ishikawa from Japan, make observations about the different rocks. Do you know what an observation is?

Flat Stanley at the labelling table

Hey kids! Do you know where I am now? I'm right on top of several cores the technicians cut out of the core liners. This is what ocean floor rocks look like. I'm holding a wax marker and a labeling machine in my hands. Maybe I can help the technicians here a little bit and mark all these cores so the scientists know the exact depth from which they came, because they all look the same to me!

Flat Stanley counts the core tubes with Chieh Peng

Hi Flat Stanley, I'm Chieh Peng and I'm from Taiwan. I work as the Assistant Lab Officer here in the Core Lab. My job is to make sure that these cores are properly handled after they are brought in from the catwalk. Here you can see the core rack with several core sections. How many core sections can you count?

Flat Stanley:

Importance of HBCU education as part of the JR experience

The goal of the education and outreach activities on this research expedition is meant to inspire and motivate young African American scientists-to-be so we can insure a diverse pipeline to the scientific community with bright, enthusiastic minds for generations to come, and to provide scientific information in a format that is accessible.

Getting the core sections into the lab

Yuko (from Japan):

You are really a great help here, Flat Stanley. Oh, my, this is a heavy section of the core. Did you know that most of the rocks that make up the ocean floor are basalts? But look, I think this one might contain fossils. Do you know what a fossil is?

Flat Stanley:

Cutting the core liner

Hey Kids!

Now you can see how the core liner, which contains all the rocks, is being cut into smaller pieces. The man working over there is Maxim, and he is from Russia. He's using a core liner cutter to divide the core into 1.5 meter long sections.

After the core is cut, end caps are glued on the liner. A blue one for the top of the core and a white one for the bottom.

Flat Stanley on the catwalk

Wow! Look where I am now. This is the catwalk and this long tube holds the core which has made it all the way up from the bottom of the ocean. Those are the technicians way down at the other end of the core. You can see them measuring the core to see how much rock and sediment we've recovered. Do you know the difference between rocks and sediments?

Is it over yet?

I’ve been looking down a microscope all day and most of yesterday. I spent the previous few days describing core. I am feeling so negative affects. I’m struggling to remember simple passwords, my eyes feel funny and my head is not quite right.

Meet Mike Widdowson, the volcanologist

Hey kids! The workers finished putting the pipe together and we have finally begun drilling. Meet my friend Mike Widdowson. He came all the way from England to work as a volcanologist on this research cruise, and he can't wait to see what comes up from the hole we drill in the ocean floor. Do you know what a volcanologist studies?


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