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!

The biggest river you never heard of

We are just about to enter the Agulhas Current off the east coast of Africa. The red stars are our proposed drill sites and the squiggles are the eddies and loops in the Agulhas Current.

Happy Year of the Monkey!

Our three scientists working at Japanese universities created a New Year's dragon and welcomed in the Year of the Monkey, complete with candy erupting as fire from the dragon's craw.  A much more entertaining staff meeting!  Unfortunately I only have a photo of the puppet's head - if someone shares a photo of Francisco, Kaoru and Masako performing in it, I will replace mine for sure.

Pete's on watch

I just realized that with the lost blogs of the first week, I also lost my tag photo, and sadly me with Safety Penguin was someone else's photo.  But this is a good one of me in my office here on the JR.  Today the Chief Scientists gave an excellent overview to all the crew of just exactly what we're looking for on this expedition and why.

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