The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

Dr Gerry Dickens: Co Chief Scientist JR Exp371, gives a fresh new light on: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Known for its musical score, groundbreaking cinematography, and fascinating characters, the now classic spaghetti western gives us a true epic, both in length and story. After nearly three hours, all comes to a three-way shootout over buried treasure — the three gunslingers, as almost any movie buff knows, each reflecting a facet of the…

August 18th: Leaving An Extraordinary Drill Site

A picture of the ship with the sun rising and some incredible clouds showing off the beauty and majesty of Mother Nature. After over ten days of drilling and now down hole logging, Expedition 371 is pulling up the drill pipe and will be leaving this extraordinary drill site. The names given this site, NCTN-3A (proposed site) or the site name once drilling has begun (U1507), does not do justice to the sediments we recovered…

Pekar’s July 25 Blog: The International Ocean Discovery Program Expedition 371: Tasman Sea Frontier

The International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) Expedition 371: Tasman Sea Frontier (https://iodp.tamu.edu/scienceops/expeditions/tasman_frontier_subduction_climate.html) will drill below the sea floor to recover sediments deposited on the newly named 8th continent of the world called Zealandia. The expedition will take place on the JOIDES Resolution (JR), which is a large drilling ship specially constructed to obtain continuous sedimentary cores.     Figure 1. This is picture of the JOIDES Resolution the coast of Hawaii.  Photo is from IODP.  …

July 24: Background on the International Ocean Discovery Program

The expedition (i.e., IODP Expedition 371) I will be on is part of the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP). It is an amazing program and I would like to share a bit of its history as it is the most successful international science program (perhaps outside the International Space Station) and for me being on an IODP expedition is the closest I will ever get to being on USS Enterprise with Captain Kirk and Spock!!…

Let them eat cake (cores)

Let them eat cake (cores)

Although we haven’t yet left port (that’s tomorrow), School of Rock 2017 has begun! Today we dove into some hands-on activities that illustrate what coring is, as well as demonstrate the importance of being able to make unbiased, factual observations. The activities, in addition to being fun for us, had the ultimate goal of demonstrating activities we (as educators) can bring to our respective classrooms. The participants in this year’s School of Rock are educators…