Blogs

Make a Seamount Trail in the Classroom

Learn about a hands-on activity that can help students visualize how a hotspot and a moving plate can create a seamount trail.

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.

It's Cold in the Cold Room!

Today I'll show you a bit of the working space I have here on the JOIDES Resolution, specifically the cold room where I culture subseafloor microbes.  Come on in, and bring a jacket!

Seamount Motion in the Ocean

Right now, the JOIDES Resolution is drilling on the second oldest seamount in the Louisville Seamount Trail. We would have drilled on the oldest one, except it is already on its way down the Kermadec Trench, which has tilted the seamount at an angle that we could not drill directly down into its succession of lava flows.

Merry Christmas to our Friends at Sea

Dear friends, colleagues, and family at sea,

We wish you the Christmas of a lifetime!  And we want to see pics of the dinner table...

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.

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!
 

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.

Intro to seafloor drilling

Seafloor drilling is quite a technological feat, as I can now attest from first hand experience.  In today's blog, I will show you a bit of the technology employed to collect samples for the scientists on Leg 330.

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.

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