Oh, for Chert's Sake!

From site U1459C we have a core that shouldn't be


Sometimes when we’re trying to get a core, we end up with  just an empty liner. We expect that to happen. What we don't expect is getting a core when we aren't even trying! This happened on Hole C, and left even our experienced geologists a bit baffled.

Even Empty Cores Have Silver Linings

We've finished drilling at site U1459A, and it was certainly a challenge. It didn't have the chunky fragments like U1458 (the first drill site), instead the sediment switches unpredictably between rock-hard carbonate layers, and soft sediment, making consistent coring incredibly difficult. But we're learning from our struggles!

Excitement in the Magnetic Field

Meet the expedition's palaeomagnetists, Millie and Daniel. They're looking pretty positive, but they have had a VERY slow expedition so far. That all ends today.

#typicalfieldworkday & Happy Birthday Briony!

First, HAPPY BIRTHDAY BRIONY!! One of our paleontologists (benthic foraminifers) and the most awesome person you will ever meet. :3

A slight impediment to our sediment

The first coring has NOT run entirely as planned. The scientists had their tools ready at 7pm, eagerly awaiting the first core. For many, this is their first expedition with the JOIDES Resolution, and the whole process is new and exciting (and a little mysterious). 

Countdown to coring

Expedition 356 is officially underway! And it's looking hectic, even for an expedition like this. We're in the middle of our 18 hour transit to the first sampling site. That's just 18 hours for the scientists to come to grips with their new shipboard lab equipment, their new 12 hour shifts, and their new seasickness, all while preparing their research plans with their new team. (Shown is David, a physical properties specialist, surprised by a tiny flood while enjoying his coffee on the bow)

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.

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