A new drillsite, and working through a 3 meter heave...

I finally got myself to sleep after the excitement of our first cored rocks, but I left the computer on so I could see what else they pulled up during the day shift. When I got up we had moved, albeit very slowly, to our next planned drillsite, BON 1A.

Geek Blog, entry 1: Some of the science behind my Leg 352 participation....

So, why am I, a seriously land-loving geologist on this ship? Because I have spent my career examining rocks and processes associated with subduction.

There be rocks down there!

At the back end of my last shift, a core came up with very little recovery. This is always suspicious, because marine sediments core easily with recoveries better than 80% nearly all the time.

Hurry up and wait....

A busy daytime of core retrieval was had by all while I slept. I kept my computer on on the desk by my bed, so I could check in on progress should I wake up for any reason during my sleep time (and I didn't - good news!).

What "core on deck!" means in the Geochemistry Lab....

I went to bed anticipating active work on cores, and got up for my next shift to discover: my colleagues were STILL anticipating active work on cores. Some challenges on the drilling floor delayed their appearance, but around 4 AM the first sediment cores from IODP Hole 1439A (site BON-2A in the prospectus) were carried onto the catwalk for cutting and basic examination.

Core on Deck!

These are the words we’ve waited to hear.

Shift-ing and seasickness and sunrise

I took to my bed mid-afternoon yesterday in hope of shedding my jetlag and getting onto my midnight-to-noon shift in one fell swoop. It ALMOST worked - I was up in time for my midnight watch, but my body insisted I should be in bed, making me rapidly cross-eyed as I tried to compile and examine chemical data for boninites to use as a reference frame for examining what we'll drill.

Departure Day!!

After a week of getting ready - training on our duties, learning the overall workflow, and sorting out strategies for who will do what with the samples we get - we're finally ready to sail!

Super Typhoon Halong Welcomes Expedition 352!

The Pacific Ocean and its atmosphere are preparing an enthusiastic welcome to IODP Expedition 352 (scheduled departure: August 4, 11:00 AM Tokyo time).  

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