We've Got Core...Now That Takes Teamwork!

Yesterday, as Benoit said in his blog post, we got our first core on deck.  It's always been true in scientific ocean drilling that it takes a tremendous team effort to successfully recover cores from deep beneath the ocean floor.  And nowhere is that more the case than with hard rock drilling.






From the drillers...

...to the men working on the rigfloor (and above it!)...
...to the ship's captain and his crew...
…and all the JR’s technical and support staff...
Everyone onboard helps make it possible for us to retrieve the cores that scientists need to conduct their research, and in turn, help us all better understand how the Earth works.
[Photos by: Bill Crawford, Benoit Ildefonse, Mark Kurz]




How far will you drill? What are kind of crust are you going to get samples from? What tests will you conduct on these samples?


I was wondering if you guys had entertainment on the ship. I figre that it might be boring at times. Do you guys have certain times to mess around, have fun or is it just work all the time?
-Turtle Boy


What are the different types of rock you have dug up and how deep are you so far?Are some rocks harder to drill though? And with each different rock do switch different drills.


the core

so with this cores what is it the scientist are trying to learn better about the earth and how does one little core help them do so? also when the your team gets these cores how do they analyze them do them pick them apart and look at all the rocks inside or do they use so machine to do these without destroying the core.-BERNARD


In order to further my knowledge of plate tectonics for the well being of my science teacher and of course to increase my knowledge further in general, I would like to ask a few questions and if you could find time to respond that would be awesome. First of all congratulations on hitting getting the core on deck! Obviously taking samples of rock from the earth is extremely important in the study of the ocean floor, however I was wondering if it had anything to do with studies involving sea floor spreading and if so what it could teach us. Also was there any training that you needed to go through before boarding the Joides Resoultion in order to ensure the safety of the ship and it's passengers. Lastly which part of the earth are you taking rock samples from, I would assume it's the Lithosphere, however with my limited knowledge on the subject I'm not quite sure. Thank You and happy drilling
-Jillian (Wavy)