What a way to make a living!

Whenever I do a school broadcast, I get asked a lot of questions about working on the ship. How do we get a job here? Who do we work for? Do we get paid? So I thought I'd spell everything out in one go. The JOIDES Resolution is a large, complex operation, with a lot of different groups working together. Here are some of the main ones, and how you can join up!

Not so glad for Glad® Cling Wrap

Some of the scientists noticed over the past few weeks that the SHMSL was showing weird color reflectance measurements for one Site. Thanks to the work of Eun Young (one of our core describers), we were able to figure out what was causing these inconsistencies at our recent site review meeting.

Pirates off Western Australia

Happy International Talk Like a Pirate Day! It's amazing how the JR gives me a constant reminder to really appreciate and enjoy the little things in life. :)

Pups, Snakes, Rabbits, and Other Useful Tools.

Everybody likes animals. We draw parrots on our kites, we watch dolphins in the ocean, and we eat the odd unlucky chicken in the mess hall. It seems like even when the JR is hard at work drilling and coring, we can't stop thinking about animals. So here are some of our favourite animal-related drilling terms, courtesy of Steve (Operations Superintendent) and Kara (Staff Scientist):

Once in a Blue Moonpool

A few days ago we were lucky enough to test out the Subsea Camera System, which can be attached to the drill string and lowered to the ocean floor. Expedition 356 doesn't require the camera for drilling, so we performed a seafloor survey looking for corals and reef formation. This was our one chance to see the moonpool open, and the camera in action.

Wanted: Cookie Monster

Recently, there have been a couple sightings of the cookie monster wandering around the ship. I know it might sound crazy and you're probably thinking I'm seeing things, but there really was a person dressed in a cookie monster costume walking around the JR! The first sighting was in the catwalk/core deck and the second sighting was on the "Steel Beach" which is the uppermost deck (above the bridge).

Things that helped me get through the infamous week 6...

I have been blessed to experience the joys of working on a world-famous research vessel with some of the smartest, friendliest people on Earth for 12 hours a day, 7 days a week, in a close and confined space. As of September 13, 2015, everyone on this ship has worked for exactly 6 weeks: a total of 502 hours.

A Blog on the Log of the Hole at the Bottom of the Sea

We've been talking a lot in this blog about the cores we recover, but they're not the only source of data we use. We also get a lot of information out of the holes those cores leave behind. The holes have the same sediment layers as the cores, and unlike the cores themselves, which can be incomplete or mixed-up, the sediments in the ground can give us a very consistent record, hundreds of metres long. We measure the sediments on the walls of the hole in a process called "downhole logging".

A helideckload of fun!


We've finished site U1462, there's no core coming up, and we haven't seen land or had a weekend for six weeks. The six week point is famous for being a bit of a slump in every expedition, as all that time at sea starts to catch up with everyone. So to keep everyone's spirits up and stave off cabin fever, our staff-scientist Kara arranged some silliness with "Feats of Strength" on the helideck. It was all terribly unscientific. Read on!

What is the Indonesian Throughflow?

On our expeditions page, we wrote out our science objectives for coring along the western coast of Australia. Our focus, as the name suggests, of the expedition is to follow the history of the Indonesian Throughflow (ITF) and the Leeuwin Current to investigate topics like tectonics, climate change, and the development of ocean currents in this region.

So what are the ITF and the Leeuwin Current?

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