The JR is more than a scientific drilling vessel: it’s a floating scientific research center. More than 12,000 square feet of the ship(about a quarter of the size of a football field) are devoted to scientific laboratories and equipment.
The JR’s laboratories contain facilities for studies in sedimentology, paleontology, geochemistry, geophysics, petrology, paleomagnetism, physical properties and downhole measurements. Computer systems, publications, and photographic facilities lend critical technical support, and a marine geophysics laboratory produces digital, single-channel seismic reflection profiles while the ship is travelling to a scientific drilling site or back to port.
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