Sailing Away. . .

On Wednesday and under an intense bright sun and blue sky we finally departed the dock at Hong Kong's Kennedy town and headed for the open South China Sea. Victoria Harbour was extremely busy with hydrofoil ferries rushing backwards and forwards between the mainland, Macau and the islands.

Global Science

We are already sailing, after leaving the busy harbor of Hong-Kong, and saying goodbye to the land until the 4th of April.

La mousson du nord…/The northern monsoon...

28 janvier 2014. Avant d’aller en Mer de Chine du Sud, je ne connaissais qu’une mousson, qui pour moi représentait des pluies diluviennes en Inde. J’ai découvert la “mousson du nord” dès que nous sommes partis de Hong Kong en novembre 1985 sur le navire américain «Conrad».

Hong Kong at last!

24-26 Janvier 2014.
Je suis arrivée à Hong Kong vendredi soir, après 2h d’avion entre Toulouse et Paris, et 11h d’avion entre Paris et Hong Kong. Après le rush des derniers jours, c’était facile de dormir dans l’avion.

Last minute preparations

As I wrote in my profile this is my first time in a IODP expedition and I am filled with excitement and worries, all at once (together and at the same time). As Ivan Hernandez the first I heard about the IODP expeditions, I was still an undergraduate student and the idea of participating in one of this cruises always fascinated me.

Preparing for the adventure

First time I heard about the JOIDES and the IODP was during my bachelor on Geology, in Salamanca, some years ago. During their classes, professors José-Abel Flores and Francisco Sierro often talked about their experience during the several expeditions they joined.

One week to go

It's only a week now before I have to leave and head off towards Hong Kong for our port call to join the JOIDES Resolution and to start our work that will last through to almost the beginning of April.

Expedition 349 on the Horizon

There is no avoiding the fact now that the new year has started that Expedition 349 is coming up fast now. Less than three weeks from now I will be back on the JOIDES Resolution with my new, and some old, shipmates for eight intense weeks in the South China Sea. Somewhat of a daunting thought.

In between

The science party and staff of Exp. 346 worked amazingly hard and collected 6,135 meters of core in just 6 weeks. Wow! That wrapped up the last expedition of the Integrated Ocean Drilling program. As of October 1, the program is now called the International Ocean Discovery Program (still IODP!) and began its next phase.

Coring operations

Here is a figure (thanks to Carlos Zarikian) that illustrates how busy we have been. As you can see, the recovery is higher than the cored. This happens because the material from the core expands due to gas content. We still have about 3 km of material to get.
Back to work!

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