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Every once in awhile there will be external blogging from the ship by education officer, Amy West. Here is a snippet of the first one:

Going on a Rock Cruise

Imagine two, 60-mile-thick slabs of rock running into each other. Which gives first and why?

(Dis)Orientation week

I got to my hotel in Yokohama after some 26 hours of air and ground travel only to discover that I'd arrived in Orlando, FL - or at least the Japanese version of same, what with the carnival rides and US-style shopping malls full of US retailers, and a hotel that would qualify as seriously high-end in any major US city, right down to the $36 breakfast buffet - I'm guessing IODP got an off-season d

EoE – End of Expedition


We are almost there. Today we finished logging of Hole F that was dedicated for the purpose of logging only. More than 700m deep. We ran the Triple-Combo during the night and this morning the VSI. The VSI has to be operated during daylight hours because it seismically images the borehole using shockwaves.

A.Bogus Voyage

After the "Raccophoon"- Pictured is a baby raccoon dog, much less threatening than the storm of its namesake.


A Swell Time

It seems as there is a bit of excitement here each and every day.

Mixed News

We spent the last days mainly with writing and editing reports and summaries for the Preliminary Report (which is due at the end of the Expedition) and the IODP Proceedings.


We’re just over three weeks in to our trip, the casing is set, the drill crew is tripping out the pipe (POOHing-Pulling out of hole) and is at present is preforming a “cut and slip” which means replacing ~35meters of cable which travel over the crown sheave and hold our heavy (500,000+ lb) drill string.

Speaking Frankly

Hello all.

Ex345 Hess Deep Update: Post-Cruise Meeting

I just retuned home from the Post-Cruise meeting for Expedition 345 Hess Deep Rift. I sailed as a member of the Education Officer team, which included two awesome people: Susan Gebbels and Jean-Luc Berenguer.

A.Bogus Voyage

The World Cup is truly global.

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