Atlantis Bank: A Mountain Under the Sea


For over a month now, the JOIDES resolution has maintained its position in the southwest Indian Ocean, 700 meters above Atlantis Bank. This undersea mountain was named in 1986 by one of our co-chief scientists Henry Dick, “we found a block that had been lifted up to sea level, it was an island at one point” says Dick, “so we named it Atlantis Bank after of course the lost city of Atlantis”.

CORE DESCRIBERS : 3 teams, 3 specialities, 1 goal ! episode 3 Structural Geol. con't

I will give you more details and show you some pictures to precise again the work of this team ...

Man Overboard Drill

Safety is always first aboard the JOIDES Resolution and one way that the crew ensures everyone is safe is by preforming drills. We have fire drills, abandon ship drills, and yesterday we had a man overboard drill. 

We found the cone!

In our last blog post you read about our recent cone troubles.


No, not that kind of cone.

Art in the rock ... What do you see in these thin sections ? EPISODE 2

Answer episode 1 : A horse giving birth ... by Jiansong Zhang our poetry-geologist !

Can you guess this one ?

a runaway couple

Courtesy of Bill Crawford, IODP Imaging specialist

The Biggest Core

Yesterday, by complete accident, we recovered the largest diameter core in ocean drilling history! Here’s how it happened…

The Magnetism of Rocks

We've all played with magnets before, but no one knows magnetism like the Paleomag team aboard the JOIDES Resolution. Shipboard paleomagnetists provide paleomagnetic and rock-magnetic measurements of recovered rocks.

The Moho Mohawk (No coring = boring)

Over the transit, during our medical evacuation, the scientists on board were able to catch up on a bit of their work. Before we left the site the core was coming up on deck fast a furious. This break in fresh core allowed them to continue analyzing the core we had already collected. We even used the time for our first sampling party. 

Art in the rock ... What do you see in these thin sections ? EPISODE 1

Jiansong Zhang, our Chinese reporter, gives a new vision of these 'dry' olivine-gabbro!!! let's see

a horse birthing

Courtesy of Bill Crawford, IODP imaging specialist

What do you see ?

Podcast Chapter 3: The Life of a Core


What happens to the rocks we collect from deep within the earth? One the latest episode, we follow the life of a piece of core onboard the JOIDES Resolution as it is analyzed by the many scientists. Plus the latest news from the expedition: issues with a broken drill bit and a medical evacuation.

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