Magnetizing – Sun, Apr 23

This is a pic from the lab space used by the group working on the paleomagnetic signature in the cores. The small cubed-shape samples of the core are first wrapped in those shiny wrappers and passed through the Superconducting Rock Magnetometer (SRM) in the back, which measures the remanent magnetism in three directions. i.e., the permanent magnetism present in a rock before any treatment.

Chang Liu - Scientist Interview Series

Check out this great interview with Chang Liu graduate students sailing on the JOIDES Resolution for the first time -<

Chang - describing smear slide samples in the Sedimentology lab. - photo by Tim Fulton

Setting Sail from Hong Kong- remembering a great day!

Get a sense of what it is like to depart on an expedition. The scientists are excited for the research opportunities at sea -

Finding Nemo – Sat, Apr 22

Ok, the title is a little off; but we are at sea so this works somehow, or maybe not?? What really struck me as I sat down to write this post is the importance of finding grace in how you do what you do; maybe it is called living gracefully or some other soulful and deep phraseology.

The School of Rock – Fri, Apr 21

I think this is a Jack Black movie or am I mixing things up?
I don’t have readily available internet access to look things up, so what you
read in this blog is what I have stored in memory. Of course, that movie had
nothing to do with rocks, but the play on words is good enough for me, and who

A magnetic personality is not all he has - Eric Ferré

May I introduce Eric Ferre. He has been sailing with us on the JOIDES Resolution as a Paleomagnetist and has been posting some wonderful pieces on his personal blog page:<

Don’t lose your cool – Thu, Apr 20

After many back-to-back hours of measuring rock properties on the cores, our group is being challenged. Our skillfully crafted work plan on who does what, when and how is showing some cracks. So how do you keep your
cool when the tension is high?

Now what? – Wed, Apr 19

We have reached our target depth in the current hole and will move to another hole nearby to go deeper. This has to happen because we can only drill to a certain depth with drills that give good core recovery.

The next broadcast is after I wake up today, tonight.

Good morning! Zaoshang Hao! (good morning in Mandarin). I can technically say this for my entire working day except for today when I get up a little early to start tomorrow's work day tonight at 10pm so I can meet with an U.S. school at 11pm.

8-minute Cores - Tue, Apr 18

If you are thinking this is touch stuff - well it is! It takes smarts, grit, and a good dose of finesse to slice up a core with so much hanging on the line, and the scientists watching your every move. This is a pic of the "catwalk" no joke.

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