In a slump

Not entirely sure where our friend the Indus Fan is hiding but at the moment we are spending our days looking at dramatic deposits like the one in this photograph. The steep dip and the breccia shows us that the sediment is probably related to some type of underwater slumping although exactly where this stuff is coming from is another matter.

Apple Crumble in the Tropics

Geochemists in the wild

We are now back in the business of describing core again after a long hiatus following the accidental loss of the last hole. Theoretically we now have a much safer hole which will allow us to drill deeply with the protection of much more casing. The first cause of now arrived on deck and the work will now begin again in the laboratories.

Science talk series

In the series of science talks after the crossover meetings, today we had the double bonanza of listening to two very different aspects of geosciences.

Party on dude!

Science talk series

In continuation to our science talks, the next presentation was made by Dr. Ravi Mishra, from IODP-India at National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research (NCAOR), India.


"We are stuck" are the words that nobody on a scientific drilling expedition ever wants to hear but this is what happened to us today as we were trying to reenter our hole. It seems that the unstable sands collapsed in and trapped our pipe on the way back to the bottom of the hole.

Radiolarian Man

Today we are waiting for coring to resume after changing the bit so I have the opportunity to introduce you to Girish Sharma from Kumaun University in India who is one of our paleontology group.  His particular speciality lies in the field of radiolarians.

Lessions from Past

While we wait for further coring deep towards the basement in the Laxmi basin, we had the opportunity to learn from our past experience.

Coffee Master

No day on the ship can be completed by mere mortals without a decent cup of coffee to give strength and energy and especially so after 4 weeks at sea.

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