Speaking Frankly

Friday, June 6, 2014

Day 2 of Transit

The science staff is busy writing their methods; techs are busy prepping, stocking and training scientists on the equipment.

Seafaring Life


Welcome to the JR blog for those who are new and also we welcome old friends. We are very excited to have you following our expedition and extremely excited to be here!

Life in Microcosm

It is a strange world on board the Joides Resolution. Most people pile on board at the beginning of an expedition knowing none of their compatriots. A few have been on expeditions before but most are new to the experience. Disparate people come from across the world, bringing their own cultures, customs and personal history on board with them.

Thrusters at the Ready!

If you walk through the main entrance lobby of the Joides Resolution, at any time during the day or night, you are likely to find someone standing, staring at the interactive weather map on display above the photocopier.

Join us for a live broadcast tomorrow!

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Meet your EXP 350 Physical Properties group!

From left to right: Sue Mahony (from the UK), Michelangelo Martini (from Italy, living in Mexico), Tomoki Sato (from Japan), and Jihui Jia (from China, living in Japan).

Written in Mud

A micropaleontologist writing:

I have spent the best of my life, a gentle 25-year stretch, studying fossils: micro-organisms called planktonic foraminifers from samples raised from the deep sea to try figure out the inner working of the oceans through time and what it means for past climates on Earth.

Satellite versus Fibre Optics

The loss of our fibre optic link with the sub-marine camera, and the impact it has had on our expedition, illustrates the importance of this technology, but the wider importance of fibre optic technology is that it carries 95% of global communications, leaving satellite communication well behind!

Close, but no cigar. EXP 350's efforts fall just shy of depth goal due to broken camera.


The night shifters awoke to some bad news regarding our mission just after the day shifters had gone to bed. We learned that there was an issue with our re-entry camera preventing us from re-entering Hole E. We were just 200 meters shy of our goal of coring to 2,000 meters, which would have been a record for the JR.

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