Fun with Forams

Recently, one of our paleontologists Petra Dekens celebrated her birthday on the JOIDES Resolution. Fellow paleontologist Lyndsey Fox decided to do something special and came up with this creative idea to write “Happy Birthday Petra” using foraminifera, the tiny fossils that the paleontology team spends their days trying to find and identify.

Life on the Other Side


For the last few days, I have been trying to transition from night shift to day shift. It hasn’t been easy. Near the start of the expedition, Lisa (the other Education Officer) and I decided to make this change so that we could accommodate schools in other time zones around the world. It seemed like a good idea at the time...

Exp 354 Halfway Milestone


Yesterday was "Hump" Day. This means we are halfway through the expedition, which officially started on January 29 and will end on March 31. Camels started to appear literally everywhere around the JR. There were camels in the stairwell, camels on the television screens, and there was even a camel in the chem lab.

Days on the JR

Mobile alarms, oh, it is already 23:20. ‘Wake up’, mind strikes and forces me to get up from the bed. After taking a shower, I prepare my backpack for the next 12-hour working shift. My roommate, who is working the opposite shift, is going to be here any time for the next twelve hours. After finishing all my morning ‘rituals’, I climb up the stairs full of enthusiasm to go to the core lab where we sedimentologists describe cores.

Drilling into the Depths of the Bengal Fan

Preparations are underway at our third and deepest site. Our target depth is 1500 meters below the seafloor, which is made even more challenging by the fact that the seafloor is 3600 meters below the ship!

Tripod on a Boat?

As a photographer and filmmaker, I am a huge fan of the tripod. I’ve been using one since the beginning of my photographic life, a time when cameras shot film.

Our Coring Toolkit

A few days ago we broke the scientific ocean drilling record for the deepest APC core ever obtained (687.4 meters below the seafloor!). But what is APC? And how does it differ from other coring systems?

A Day in the Life of a JR Sedimentologist

I’ve never seriously studied sediments before. I’m used to working with “hard rock” – specifically basalt, which is rock that once flowed out of a volcano as molten lava. Sediments on the other hand can be made up of pieces of many different types of rock, or even other materials like shells or parts of tiny organisms. So I was excited to try my hand as a sedimentologist for the day.

Splitting Core...and Peering Back in Time


Once core has come into the labs, adjusted to room temperature and pressure (this can take a few hours), and passed through a series of tracks that measure the physical properties of the whole core, it's time for the cores to be split in half.  The Bengal Fan scientists are eagerly waiting to get their hands on the core and see what's inside. 

Life After the First Core Came Up

Yes! Life suddenly became different.

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