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Lunar Eclipse

A few nights ago I noticed the moon was very red. Knowing that this was sometimes a precursor to a lunar eclipse I did some research and found out that there are 4 full lunar eclipses in 2014/15, the first was tonight, the second will be on October 8th and two more next year. They are all either fully or partly visible in and around the Pacific and the Americas, but not visible in Europe.

Sandcastle Flags

All the cores currently on ship have been measured, tested, and described. Half of each core (which is always cut longitudinally from end to end) has been carefully labelled and packed away to ultimately end up in an international repository, where future scientists can go to re-investigate the material.

HMS Sloop Dog - A fun take on the History of the JOIDES Resolution

In orientation we learned that the JOIDES was once an exploratory oil drilling ship jointly owned by BP and Schlumberger, built in Nova Scotia in 1978. Six years later Schlumberger converted her into a scientific research vessel and changed her name, then Sedco/BP 471, to the JOIDES Resolution and leased her to the Ocean Drilling Program (ODP).

Scientists are People Too!

The science party consists of 34 people from many countries including Brazil, Japan, China, United States and across Europe. Meeting them and sharing stories is one of the real pleasures of this trip. The close working proximity and time spent together means that we have to work like one big family.

Frame of Reference

Last night I went up on the top deck to get some fresh air and stretch my legs. There was a bit of a swell causing the ship to slowly sway from side to side, even though the movement was being damped by the thrusters roaring below deck. As I climbed the stairs I was aware of my body’s constant adjustment to the rhythmical movement of the ship.

Ship Shape and in Bristol Fashion!

There is a common saying in the UK that comes from a nautical root – ‘everything is ship-shape and in Bristol fashion’! Bristol refers to the City of Bristol that has been an important port for hundreds of years, sitting as it does at the head of the Bristol Channel - a deep and wide inlet between the Cornwall/Devon isthmus and South Wales.

Cups and crayons

After all the excitement of the ‘core on deck’ over the last 24 hours we are now on the move again. The drilling we did was an exploratory core for another expedition still in the planning stage.

What a Difference a Day Makes!

After all the planning, preparation, travel and heightened anticipation we have got to the starting line and we are off! The drill pipe is in place, the seabed survey completed, the drilling has started and at last the core is coming up on deck. It has been arriving from the seabed every hour and a half with a shout of ‘core on deck’ ringing around the corridors.

Camera - DOWN! Core- UP!

“WOAH!” Is all I have to say! (Please do say it like Joey Lawrence does in Blossom… and if that isn’t ringing a bell, give it a quick youtube to enhance this experience)

I must go down the the seas again....

Last night was the last night that we were in transit between Taipei and the drill site. After the rolling waves and buffeting winds of the second day, now the sea was comparatively calm, and the wind was blowing steadily but strongly from behind the ship. The white wake spread out evenly, slowly fading into the still darkness of the empty ocean on either side of the ship.

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