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…