Coccolithophores: Earth's tiny workers (a poem)

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Coccolithophores are single-celled, marine algae

Trippin' Pipe

I was going through old files here during some down time and I found a GREAT video from a former education officer.  You can find it on youtube here!

2nd photo for blog below

Pretty little G. multicamerata foraminifera!

Expert SEM'er

I am becoming quite the expert on the scanning electron microscope (SEM) - the maneuvering of the specimen tray works a bit like an etch-a-sketch, and so long as I have a "map" of what was put on the tray, I've become a whiz at focusing, reorienting for maximum coverage, and annotating (not to mention turning the whole thing on and off, which is actually quite a lengthy process!)  Take that U

Exercising on a rolling ship!

Yesterday I mentioned the solitary style recreational options.  Today I'll tell you about a few of the more social ones.  The photo you can see is of a room that is dual purpose.  Last night it served as our movie room - a dozen of us staying up until 3:30am eating popcorn and watching The Matrix after ending our shift at midnight.

Non-work hours

First Cores! Fossils, Fossils, Fossils (but very, very small!)

I am beset with dish pan hands from the last two days of turning lumps of grey mud into geologic time.  How does that work?  Our mud has turned up pretty foraminifera as well as calcareous NANNOfossils (i.e.

Happy International Women in Science Day!

The photo is actually still missing two of the women aboard this expedition.

Also, please make sure to read the updated webpage for Expedition 361 - I've added a "primer" version to the scientific abstract explaining the expedition's mission and goals.  Let me know if it helps!

Here at last!

Never was there such a sweet sight, after six long days, arriving at night.

Through well rehearsed coordination, the pipe is lowered and we remain on station.

Thrusters counteract current and swell, sediment is raised from where it's dwelled

5 million years, give or take a few, to be sampled and analyzed by the scientific crew,

Lots of dogs and cats, but where are the birds?

We have a "pet wall' in the stairwell of the JOIDES would seem that dogs have the advantage over cats. Curiously, there are no rats, birds, or fish in evidence...not to mention, hamsters. I'm contemplating posting my picture of "Fred" the scorpion but it might give some of my shipmates the willies!

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