The challenges of blogging at sea!

When I lived in Israel at the age of 15, it was before the internet, before cell phones, and in fact there were only two public phone booths available for use by the entire kibbutz of 800 people.  Written all over the walls of both booths, in nearly every language imaginable, was the word "patience".  I feel like scrawling that word all over my office walls right now!

Rig floor

Technicians et al

I've covered all the science that is being done on this expedition, so I suppose I ought to work backwards through the other departments that get us to that point.

What do I miss?

It was brought to my attention that I did not mention what I do miss the most while being out on the ocean so long.  I would have to say that it is weekends.

Greatest show on Earth!

One of the school groups asked me what I missed most being out on the ocean so long.  I think they all were thinking it should be TV.  In fact, I feel like I've got a way better show to watch than any TV show - the outdoor channel!  I can spend hours watching the ocean (always hoping for marine mammals).  On both shifts, everyone takes a break for watching either the sunrise

Scientists Got Talent!

Mozambique bound!

Finally, in the 11th hour, we got diplomatic clearance to drill in the territorial waters of Mozambique.  In fact, anyone who has been following our somewhat zigzagged path across the ocean might have noticed we had already started south again towards the Cape site.  After nearly half a day of steaming south, we joyously turned north.  Seriously, I was in the middle of a live bro


So now we come full round back to the microfossils, final stop on our core section's age correlation path.  As I mentioned last week, there are three types of single celled microfossils; diatoms are silica based (their shells are made out of glass!), while nannofossils and foraminiferas are both carbonate (chalk) based.  Did you know that both the White Cliffs of Dover in England, and


The last of the physical properties stations that the (archive half) core sections travel to is paleomagnetics, with the cryomagnetometer.  Remember back when we first looked at the whole round sections coming in from the catwalk, we learned they got analyzed for density, p-wave velocity, and magnetic susceptibility.  Well now those magnetic minerals get analyzed for their magnetic or


As I mentioned two days ago (internet failure yesterday, sorry), when the whole round core gets split, the working half goes to the sampling table, and the archive half goes on its own

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