Goodbye land, Hello Dramamine


Hello everyone! You might have heard about me from a previous blog post by Tom. I'm Jisun Kim and I will be the other education officer on this expedition. Yay!

The JR has Stairs

Last night on (dry) Earth

Hi! I'm Tom Lang, one of the onboard educators for Expedition 356.

EXP-355: Thrusters Up! On the way to Mumbai, India

Finally, Expedition 355 after completion of its eight weeks of sediment and basement coring in the Laxmi Basin (Eastern Arabian Sea), we have started our journey to the land.

Finally we have the basement from Laxmi Basin!

Finally we have it!

Just a few hours are left in the winding up operations of Expedition 355 in the Arabian Sea and we just recovered what we have been looking for past 60 days! We got the Basement!

Sunrise patrol

Just one full day of drilling time left now before we have to start pulling pipe and packing up to go back to Mumbai.  It's now a race to see we can reach the basement before our time has run out. Although we are nervous for a successful conclusion to our expedition this does not interfere with some of the important routines that we have developed over the past weeks.

Final few days

We only have a few more days of operations left and just over two days in which to recover more core material during this expedition. Although we are all excited to go home we all want to finish the expedition well with some interesting new sediments from deep in the Arabian Sea.

Monsoon brewing

The clear sunrises that we have been enjoying for most of the expedition have suddenly become rather rare. Instead the sun arises into a bank of clouds which yesterday had a rather dark and menacing look about them. As you can see in this photograph the clouds are black and low and full of rain.

Low Recovery Therapy

We have now changed out our drilling technology and are making progress towards our final target. The main problem is that we are still relatively shallow in the section and so the sediment is quite soft and result of this is that we don't get a lot of material when we try to take a core using the rotary drilling technology.

Bit change

We have now successfully recovered the top 200 m of the sediment at our new site and we are now preparing to drill deeply, hopefully as far as 1000 m below the seafloor into the igneous basement of the Laxmi Basin.

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