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Mozambique bound!

Finally, in the 11th hour, we got diplomatic clearance to drill in the territorial waters of Mozambique.  In fact, anyone who has been following our somewhat zigzagged path across the ocean might have noticed we had already started south again towards the Cape site.  After nearly half a day of steaming south, we joyously turned north.  Seriously, I was in the middle of a live bro

Paleontology

So now we come full round back to the microfossils, final stop on our core section's age correlation path.  As I mentioned last week, there are three types of single celled microfossils; diatoms are silica based (their shells are made out of glass!), while nannofossils and foraminiferas are both carbonate (chalk) based.  Did you know that both the White Cliffs of Dover in England, and

Paleomagnetics

The last of the physical properties stations that the (archive half) core sections travel to is paleomagnetics, with the cryomagnetometer.  Remember back when we first looked at the whole round sections coming in from the catwalk, we learned they got analyzed for density, p-wave velocity, and magnetic susceptibility.  Well now those magnetic minerals get analyzed for their magnetic or

Sedimentology

As I mentioned two days ago (internet failure yesterday, sorry), when the whole round core gets split, the working half goes to the sampling table, and the archive half goes on its own journey.photo-15

Sampling

Stratigraphic Correlation, also known as "wiggle matching"

Since there is a working plan for filling the gaps, the stratigraphic correlators are doing a bit better today, so continuing on our path following the core...

Taking a hiatus

Well, the stratigraphic correlators are a bit stressed right now, so I think I'll hold off until tomorrow to visit them as we follow the core (I like to check in with the appropriate scientists before posting anything, just to make sure I have all my facts and figures straight).  Instead I will attempt to paint you the picture of why exactly it is they are so stressed.

Phys Props

I think I will break up the physical properties into their regions within the lab.  At some point I will go back to the very beginning - the laying of the pipe and bringing the core on deck and into the lab.  However, since I started out with a couple of the science departments, the rest of the scientists are wondering when I will get to them.  So for now, we will follow the core

The Geochemists

Today I'm going to bring you to the geochemistry lab.  On this expedition, both lab techs and four of the five scientists are women - who says science has limited opportunities for women?

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