In the Eye of the Storm

Last night we were hit by a tropical storm. Those of us who were asleep at that time woke up around 4 am, listening to the thrusters going crazy to keep the ship on site and the anchor banging against the hull.

A.Bogus Voyage

The Color of Water

At the bottom of the ocean

This is Philipp Brandl, igneous petrologist onboard the Joides Resolution (JR). I was born and raised in Germany but I am now based in Australia to do some research drilling south of Japan; awesome. My colleague Frank already blogged about our transit from Yokohama to a place we call ‘IBM-1’, where we will now start to drill site U1438.

Speaking Frankly

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Hello all. This is Frank Tepley reporting from the JOIDES Resolution (JR).
Last night, at about 2 am, we reached our study site. The crew is busy assembling casing tubes, and they will start exploring the sea floor with a video camera for appropriate drilling locations. The water depth here is ~3 miles in depth. That is a long way down to the seafloor.

A.Bogus Voyage

The sea was angry that day my friends; like an old man trying to return soup at the deli- Seinfeld

Speaking Frankly

Friday, June 6, 2014

Day 2 of Transit

The science staff is busy writing their methods; techs are busy prepping, stocking and training scientists on the equipment.

Seafaring Life


Welcome to the JR blog for those who are new and also we welcome old friends. We are very excited to have you following our expedition and extremely excited to be here!

Life in Microcosm

It is a strange world on board the Joides Resolution. Most people pile on board at the beginning of an expedition knowing none of their compatriots. A few have been on expeditions before but most are new to the experience. Disparate people come from across the world, bringing their own cultures, customs and personal history on board with them.

Thrusters at the Ready!

If you walk through the main entrance lobby of the Joides Resolution, at any time during the day or night, you are likely to find someone standing, staring at the interactive weather map on display above the photocopier.

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