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Eating - My Favorite Time of the Day!

Don't get me wrong. I really like drilling into the seafloor, but eating is my favorite time! Our food is prepared in the galley (ship talk for kitchen). It operates 24 hours a day because there are crew members and scientists working all of the time. The catering crew must prepare meals 4 times a day and they also bake fresh cookies in between for snack time.

Eating on the JOIDES Resolution

Peter Cassidy is the Camp Boss on Expedition 329, which means that he is responsible for the galley and staterooms. He finds it similar to managing a hotel. Peter must order the food that will be needed for the expedition. About $50,000 worth of food is consumed during each month of an expedition and there is enough food on the ship to last for about 70 days.

Labeling is Important

I don't like removing these sticky labels; it always pulls my skin! As you can imagine, many cores are brought into the lab and it would be easy to mix them up if a labeling system wasn't used. As soon as the cores are brought inside, a label is printed and attached.

Labeling the Cores

We began drilling into basalt yesterday and we are continuing today. Since basalt is much harder than sediments, it is taking much longer to penetrate the material and a different bit needed to be attached to the drill string. This meant that all of the drill pipe had to be pulled up, drill bit changed, reassembled and lowered (called tripping the pipe) to the seafloor again.

Co-Chief: Steven D'Hondt

   Steven D'Hondt is one of the co-chiefs on Expedition 329. He considers himself an oceanographer but his roots are in geology. Steve grew up in Washington State and by the age of seven, he was collecting rocks. His parents were very supportive of his interests and when he turned 8 years old, they bought him a mineralogy kit.

One of Our Co-Chief Scientists

Hi everyone! The scientists have many sediment cores to analyze from our third location so all of the labs will be quite busy for the next several days. Since things go on around the clock, one of the responsibilities of our co-chief scientists is to make sure things are running smoothly and on schedule.

Computers Are Important

Being a microbe, I have no arms and legs! This makes it very difficult for me to do computer work, but I try anyway. The scientists use computers a lot for their work. As they take measurements in the lab, they enter the data into computer programs in order to do analysis work later. They create tables of numbers and many graphs.

Microbiology

On Expedition 329, the microbiologists are interested in very tiny organisms referred to as microbes. As a group, they are investigating how deep, within the sediments, microbial life exists. One of the problems that they face during the sampling process is contamination. During the coring process (drilling operation), seawater is sent down the pipe for various reasons.

We are Drilling Again!

Whew! Am I tired! I climbed all the way up to the top deck to get a good view of the drilling floor. We have arrived at our third location. It is officiallly called site U1367. The crew began lowering the drill pipe down into the ocean early today. The ocean water is about 4700 meters deep. How far is that in feet? (Remember, a meter is about equal to 3 feet).

Drilling Resumes!

We have reached site U1367 and are back to drilling. We arrived last evening and began lowering drill pipe down to a depth of about 4700 meters. That's a lot of pipe! Sediments are not expected to be very thick at this location as the ocean floor is younger.

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