A Swell Time

It seems as there is a bit of excitement here each and every day.

Mixed News

We spent the last days mainly with writing and editing reports and summaries for the Preliminary Report (which is due at the end of the Expedition) and the IODP Proceedings.


We’re just over three weeks in to our trip, the casing is set, the drill crew is tripping out the pipe (POOHing-Pulling out of hole) and is at present is preforming a “cut and slip” which means replacing ~35meters of cable which travel over the crown sheave and hold our heavy (500,000+ lb) drill string.

Speaking Frankly

Hello all.

Ex345 Hess Deep Update: Post-Cruise Meeting

I just retuned home from the Post-Cruise meeting for Expedition 345 Hess Deep Rift. I sailed as a member of the Education Officer team, which included two awesome people: Susan Gebbels and Jean-Luc Berenguer.

A.Bogus Voyage

The World Cup is truly global.

Time is a relative thing...

It’s been a busy first few weeks, hard to believe that so much time has already passed.

In the Eye of the Storm

Last night we were hit by a tropical storm. Those of us who were asleep at that time woke up around 4 am, listening to the thrusters going crazy to keep the ship on site and the anchor banging against the hull.

A.Bogus Voyage

The Color of Water

At the bottom of the ocean

This is Philipp Brandl, igneous petrologist onboard the Joides Resolution (JR). I was born and raised in Germany but I am now based in Australia to do some research drilling south of Japan; awesome. My colleague Frank already blogged about our transit from Yokohama to a place we call ‘IBM-1’, where we will now start to drill site U1438.

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