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There is a proverb that says ‘all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy’ meaning that someone who just works, works, works will become both boring and bored. They have nothing to talk about unless they are with someone else who is also just interested in work!

From Everest to the Sea: Sending love from one science expedition to another.

From Everest to the Sea: Sending love from one science expedition to another.

This post will be a little off topic in light of a recent catastrophe on Mount Everest that has been considered “biggest single disaster in the mountain's history.”
Photo Credit: Ulyana Nadia Horodyskyj

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

When I was offered a place on the JOIDES Resolution I thought I would be coming away from home for a bit of ‘peace and quiet’. Lovely! No traffic noise; no sound of tills ’pinging’ as every item goes through; no students shouting at each along the corridors or playing loud music in the car park! Heaven! I couldn’t have been more wrong!

Bad News Blog.

Just a quick note to keep everyone updated on activities onboard the JR. The last several cores have come up less than perfect, showing signs of problems with the bit or the material we're drilling into. Some of the last core contained lots of drilling mud, which looked like chocolate milk, not a good sign.

Two Up!

Two Up! ‘Meet on the helideck at 11.15 and bring some coins with you!’ was the somewhat unexpected email from Bob ‘the undertaker’ Aussie. ‘I’ll show you some traditional Australian entertainment and all we need are two coins and a stick!’

Blogging about Logging!

Blogging about Logging!

Seasickness in Reverse!

In the main entry hall to the JOIDES Resolution there is a large screen showing the weather patterns in the seas south of Japan. The winds are shown as dynamic white streaks constantly sweeping across the map. You can see where all the storms are building up: where the winds are contracting in and swirling around a deepening point as they move either towards or away from us.

Happy Earth Day from the Philippine Sea!

I hope you all had an excellent Earth Day on April 22nd. Did you all hug a tree, ride a bike or read the Pale Blue Dot monologue by my main man Carl Sagan? I tried to hug a tree, but my arms wouldn’t reach (clearly I’m awesome at jokes). Although I’m really far away from land, being out at sea really felt like I was a part of the 'Blue' in Blue Marble.

Bits, Cones and Logs!

The drill heads have a limited life before the cutting bits and bearings are worn away. The expertise of the drilling crew is paramount when it comes to deciding when the point has come to stop drilling. If we were to push on until the drill head broke up inside the hole it would mean that we could not drill any deeper, and the hole would have to be abandoned.

Sea Life Extraordinaire!

Jules Verne has a lot to answer for! When he wrote the book ‘20,000 Leagues Under the Sea’, about the exploits of Captain Nemo and his submarine vessel the Nautilus, he described giant squid, or octopi, attacking the vessel and killing a crewman.

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