JR at Colombo Port

After boarding the wonderful JOIDES RESOLUTION


Finally onboard

We did have to wait until after lunch today to find the get on the bus and get underway but eventually the people at the Sri Lanka customs service gave way and we were able to make our way to the dock and finally join JOIDES Resolution.

IODP expedition 355 - one day to go...

My first time in Colombo. My first time in IODP expedition. My first time in the Indian Ocean. 

I am very excited to meet new people and begin a new scientific adventure together.

The adrenaline level is high.  The field notebook is still empty.

All aboard!

Super excited to board JOIDES Resolution for IODP expedition 355

Just arrived in Colombo to board the JOIDES Resolution as shipboard science party for IODP expedition 355. 

Packing up and ready to go

One more day to go and I will be on the airplane headed to
Colombo, Sri Lanka.  Prisoner of American
Airlines for the best part of a day. I think the waiting is some of the hardest
part of getting ready for the expedition. Two months away seems like such a
long time at this point and it feels like I have a lot of things to do before I

The Countdown Begins

Ever since I joined the National Institute of Oceanography, Goa for the doctoral work and chose to work on microfossils, I had a dream of going on a drilling vessel one day. I got his opportunity now, thanks for the initiative of the National Center for Antarctic and Ocean Research, Goa supported by the Ministry of Earth Sciences, India.

Telling Time with the Earth's Magnetic Field

Paleomagnetism is the study of the Earth’s ancient magnetic field. Such studies have helped lead to important discoveries like seafloor spreading and plate tectonics. Here on the JOIDES Resolution during Expedition 354, one of the main uses of this tool is to find out the age of sediments from the Bengal submarine fan. So how do we actually do that?

Inspiring Designs: Expedition 354 Logo Contest


It’s a tradition on the JOIDES Resolution to hold a contest to design the expedition logo, which will be printed on t-shirts and featured on a wall onboard. The Bengal Fan expedition received six entries from the Science Party and Education Officers. The designs were displayed in the galley for two days so that everyone could vote for their favorite. The winner was this beautiful design submitted by Kimberly Rogers. Here, each participant describes in their own words the different elements of their logo and the inspiration for their design.

Understanding the Moon Pool (or, How Does the JR Keep From Sinking?)

There is a hole in the bottom of the JOIDES Resolution. And not a small one - it’s 22 feet wide. The hole is in the centre of the ship, directly below the derrick. It’s called a “moon pool” and is an essential part of our drilling operations. The drill pipe hangs from the top of the derrick, passes through this hole, into the ocean and all the way down to the seafloor.

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