Scientists, Engineer and Student pour over early results of a very important test

A first look at the data after a 24 hour Tracer Test appears to intrigue all. I suspect they all will be tossing and turning at night while the graph stays in their minds. They have waited years for this day. Here they are discussing the data.

One of the important goals of this expedition was to place several tracer substances in one of the holes so that years from now, research ships can go to nearby holes to retrieve data. Perhaps they will detect the tracers. They will have a greater understanding of sub seafloor water movement!   

I work at one of those places where the people love to be. It is St Ursula Academy in Toledo, Ohio. If you checked out our website, you would see the smiles and dedication that reflect the friendliness that I find everyday there. My work for the last two months has been in a similar place. The JOIDES Resolution (affectionately called the JR) is a special ship, not only because it is unique in what it can do, and what it has done, but also because of the love for it by the many people who have worked in it and on it for many years.

They work hard doing science, but also will do all the little things to make sure this is well taken care off, no matter what their position or title is on board. A few years ago the JR was undergoing renovation. Some of the stories I hear over dinner speak so much of the love for the JR. I don’t know how other ships are, but the people on this ship share in a labor of love for the JR every day!! Here are an engineer and photographer working together so solve an underwater camera light problem. 


We have a long week ahead of us with a great deal of work to do. It is the last few miles in the marathon; I believe this group will finish the race well. They are just like that! 




Hi Mrs. Kane! Good luck on

Hi Mrs. Kane!

Good luck on your trip and I hope everything goes well! I can't wait to hear about it all in honors physics this coming fall.

Katie Mc

Hi Katie, This was so far

Hi Katie,
This was so far back, I almost didn't find it. It is interesting to read now that the trip is almost over. We are heading back to port and it has been an amazing journey! Thanks for writing!

Your explaination to Claire

Your explaination to Claire really helped me understand this concept. If I were on the ship I don't think i could wait an entire year to find results! Do you think you will be eager to see what the experiment shows? Does this mean you'll be on the same trip next year?
- Missy Lankard

I will be anxious to read and

I will be anxious to read and find out about the research results. It is a tremendous privilege to come on this ship. I need to make the most of this voyage! See you soon, Mrs. Kane

Hi Mrs. Kane! I just read

Hi Mrs. Kane!
I just read what you wrote about the Tracer Test and I am not sure I completely understand what that is. Could you further explain it for me? I feel like I have not commented in a while since I have been so busy with school but I love catching up on what you have been doing! It's all so interesting! Can't wait to hear more when you come home! Have a great finish to your trip!
Claire Ne

Hi Claire, Thank you for

Hi Claire,
Thank you for asking about the tracer experiment. Scientists have clues that the water below the sea floor is moving, but they do not have much evidence about how it moves. On land we can do many more tests about ground water. It is difficult under the ocean. You know when you water a house plant, you can put in a little water and it seeps in. Even more water appears to disappear. However if you put too much water in, it puddles on the surface. When this happens, all the air spaces between the soil particles is replaced with water. In the ground this level where the water is puddling is called the water table. If there is slant to this water table, water will move down the slope because of gravity or difference in pressure.We know pretty much about ground water because we have been able to gather data about how fast it moves and in what direction. We are trying to do that with the water movement below the sea floor. What we have done in this expedition is place some substances in the hole we drilled in the ocean floor and covered the hole so water couldn't get in. Next year we are going back to a hole that is close by and see if we can detect any of this substance. If we find the substance, we know it had to come from the hole we put it in and therefore we know something about the direction (and speed) of the water flow in the ground under the sea. (How we know the speed is kind of cool. I will demonstrate it with a model I made on board) Does this help?
Mrs. Kane

video conference

Dear Jackie,
Did any of our photographers take any photos while you were meeting your students on the video conference? You wished you had "taken a screen shot to post in my room of them!". Perhaps there was at least one taken at this end at SUA? Maybe one of your students will know if photos were taken?
How historical all this has been!! You are awesome!
Barb Dudley

Hi Barb, thanks for writing

Hi Barb, thanks for writing and following the JR Blogs. I don't know about the picture. It would be nice. However, I'm learning sometimes events can be important, enjoyed,remembered with no pictures. Some life experiences happen without any chance of being repeated, kind of like today: it will never come back. Although I have pictures of my time here, what I have experienced here will never be repeated. I have only what I have experienced here and that will be with me for the rest of my life. See you soon, Jackie