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Core tsunami

Busy times on JOIDES Resolution. Our desire for core is being well met to put it mildly. Now we are greeted with the sight of many blue "end caps" smiling at us from the rack when we come to work reminding us of the significant backlog we are now building up and that we need to make a dent in soon if we are to get everything processed in time. Can be a bit intimidating at times.

Core flow continues

First day of core flow

We have now been coring sediment in our first site for around 24 hours now and things seem to be mostly going according to plan. We have some nice turbidite sands which appear to be coming from the Indus as expected and we are doing our best to adapt to some of the sometimes cranky software on the drill ship.

Sieving the goodness through sediments for IODP expedition 355

As soon as we had the first core on
deck early morning today, our biostratigraphy team has been putting their best

Core on deck!

Expedition 355 is now officially in business. Around 2:45 AM local time our very first core arrived on deck at Site U1456. It seemed to be a nice nannofossil ooze with a bunch of clay in it so hopefully plenty of stuff for all our scientists to get working on.

Misty, moisty morning

We arrive on site today to begin our first operations in this region.

Meetings, meetings, meetings and then a few more meetings

I had a fairly good idea of the work to be done onboard, as
one of my colleagues Dinesh, sailed on the same vessel a couple of months ago.
But, it was only after we boarded the vessel on the first day of this month,
that I realized the great responsibility bestowed upon us as being one of the

Almost at the site

Still underway and preparing for the core to come. Are now
just to the west of the Chagos islands, around 400 km off the coast of Mangalore
on the western Indian coast. We are still waiting for a lovely sunrise but
again today there were brooding clouds across the horizon, obscuring the view.
Fortunately the sun cleared them soon enough and we are now making progress

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