Shifting to Shifts


As we approach our first drill site, the scientists and technicians onboard the JOIDES Resolution have started moving to their assigned shifts.  As so much effort has been invested in these expeditions, and as we have a limited amount of time at sea, the ship operates around the clock and everyone works 12 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

Off We Go: First Days at Sea


I never thought I would get the chance to sail on the JOIDES Resolution. Ever since I started using IODP samples and data in my research on ocean island volcanoes, I have been fascinated with scientific ocean drilling.

One Foot On Land

For me, planning and production started two months ago. For others, the plan has been in the works for 18 years! The time is now. We’ve converged on Singapore, our port of call. And this morning, we launch. We’re about to embark on a two-month research expedition aboard the JOIDES Resolution (JR for short) in the Bay of Bengal.

JOIDES Resolution: port call days in Singapore

My third day on the JOIDES Resolution (JR), the ship which will be my home for the next two months. We are still in port and awaiting to receive necessary clearance to leave the port.

Tschüss JR!

In ein paar Stunden gehen wir in Singapur von Bord, dann ist unser großes Abenteuer auf der JOIDES resolution beendet.

Wir möchten allen Wissenschaftlern, Technikern, der Schiffscrew und dem Catering für sechzig wunderbare, schöne und aufregende Tage danken!

Dank allen, die uns auf Facebook, Twitter und Instagram gefolgt sind.

Goodbye JR!

In a few hours we will leave the JOIDES resolution in Singapore.

This will be the end of a great adventure!

Thanks to all scientists, technicians, crew and catering for beautiful, intense and exciting 60 days on the Indian Ocean.

Thanks to all of you who followed us on facebook, twitter and instagram.

Full STEAM Ahead......

Wieviel hat es vor 5 Millionen Jahren geregnet?

In einem früheren Blog habe ich beschrieben, dass diese Expedition das Ziel hat, den Monsun bzw. die Regenmenge vergangener Zeiten herauszufinden.
In diesem Blog erkläre ich, wie man das macht.

Der Regen hinterlässt seine Spuren im Meer.

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.

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