Misty morning

I have to say that having grown up in a coldish climate that working in the tropics is usually a great pleasure for me. I like the feeling of the nice warm, damp air going outside especially as much of the ship itself is rather heavily air-conditioned so that I have to keep a sweater in the office.

Mahi Mahi ?

While we continue our scientific operations at site U1456C and drilling in full swing is underway, whatever little breather we get is always refreshing and enjoyable. 

Helping hands

Today we are continuing to deepen our drilling at Hole U1456C but in the meantime we should not forget some of the other people on the drilling ship who make our life easier and indeed pleasant.

All change

Sizzling in the sun

It’s the end of our first week at sea and because it is Sunday we are having a deck barbecue which in my experience is one of the high points of the week here. It’s also a nice way of keeping track of the time since otherwise all other days out here are basically the same.

Sunday BBQ

Core tsunami

Busy times on JOIDES Resolution. Our desire for core is being well met to put it mildly. Now we are greeted with the sight of many blue "end caps" smiling at us from the rack when we come to work reminding us of the significant backlog we are now building up and that we need to make a dent in soon if we are to get everything processed in time. Can be a bit intimidating at times.

Core flow continues

First day of core flow

We have now been coring sediment in our first site for around 24 hours now and things seem to be mostly going according to plan. We have some nice turbidite sands which appear to be coming from the Indus as expected and we are doing our best to adapt to some of the sometimes cranky software on the drill ship.

Sieving the goodness through sediments for IODP expedition 355

As soon as we had the first core on
deck early morning today, our biostratigraphy team has been putting their best

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