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How does 30,000 feet of drillpipe fit into one ship?

The JOIDES resolution is designed to perform deep sea drilling: even in water depths of 9000 meters (27,000 ft), the JR can drill 1000 meters (3000 ft) into the bottom of the sea.

Colorful JR

Colors are found everywhere on the JR.

In the upper left you see the fade green gleaming of the AES (atomic emission spectrometer). In this device, material from the core is heated up to several thousand degrees to form a plasma. This plasma emits colored light that's analysed automatically to determine the kind and amount of different elements in the core material.

Captivating Conversations with the Caption: Part II, by JR Caption Terry Skinner

How does the evacuation process work when dealing with a dangerous scenario?

Wie passen 10 km Rohr auf ein Schiff?

Die JOIDES resolution kann extrem tief bohren: selbst in 9000 Meter Wassertiefe kann sie noch 1000 Meter in den Meeresboden hinein bohren. Das bedeutet, dass bis zu zehn Kilometer Bohrrohr vom Schiff nach unten gelassen werden können! Das Bild rechts verdeutlicht die extremen Größenverhältnisse (wenn man ganz noch unten scrollt, findet man den Meeresgrund!).

Farben auf der JOIDES resolution

Überall auf der JOIDES resolution begegnet man Farben.

Captivating Conversations with the Captain: Part I, by JR Captain Terry Skinner

How long have you been a Captain?
A long story that I will make short. I have been Captain on the JOIDES Resolution for 5 years. However before joining the JOIDES Resolution some 19 years ago I have sailed as Captain on larger offshore fishing boats. I have worked as a Ship’s Officer since 1980 (34 years)

The hunt for microbes

Die Jagd nach den Mikroben

Ist der Bohrkern an Bord, fallen diverse Wissenschaftler über ihn her. Es wird fotografiert, magnetisch vermessen, radioaktiv durchstrahlt, mit Zahnstochern in ihm herumgestochert, ihm werden Proben entrissen und gewaschen und gesiebt. Über gute Kerne freut man sich, über schlechte – z.B. solche mit viel Sand oder stark verwirbelte – wird geklagt und geschimpft.

Greed, spitting and golden balls

Foraminifera: Predictors of Past Climates, contributor Marci Robinson

What are foraminifera? 

Foraminifera are single-celled micro (very small) planktonic animals (they eat plankton) with perforated (holed) shells made of calcium carbonate (CaCO3 i.e. chalk). Most kinds are marine (live in the ocean), and when they die, their shells form thick ocean-floor sediments. 

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