Happy Holidays from everyone at Deep Earth Academy!
The JR is now in the middle of Expedition 339: Mediterranean Outflow. This expedition is exploring the effects on climate and ocean circulation of the opening of the Mediterranean Sea into the Atlantic Ocean. Follow along on their adventures here<.
Wondering where the JR has been in the past three years? Take a look at our revamped expedition page, where you can explore recent expeditions, including the current one, see a world map of places the ship has been recently – and see what’s coming up next<!
From Helder Pereira, Education Officer, on Expedition 339:
During the last week we successfully drilled the first site on the Gulf of Cadiz, just around 30 km southeast of Faro. The target was a gigantic mound of mud, silt and sand (the Faro drift) that has been shaped by bottom currents linked to the Mediterranean Outflow…for about the last 5 million years of Earth’s history<.
Want to come sail with us? We are still accepting applications for an Education Officer on board the JR for next summer’s Expedition 342: Newfoundland Sediment Drifts! For more information and to download an application, click here<.
We will have a booth at the annual American Meteorological Society (AMS) Meeting in New Orleans January 22-26th. Stop by if you’re around!
Just in case you missed it last month, take a look at our brand new JOIDES Resolution playing cards. They can be used in multiple ways and are a lot of fun! <Also, note that we have blogs in several languages< during the current expedition – a great chance to practice your language skills!
Thanks for all your entries to our 2012 J-aRt contest! Watch for postings about our winners’ sculptures and their journeys to the seafloor during Expedition 340T Atlantis Massif: January 17 – February 4!
And while you’re waiting for your holiday cookies to bake, spend a few minutes with Fossil Fun.< Just be careful not to let those cookies burn when you can’t stop!
This newsletter is brought to you by The Consortium for Ocean Leadership and Deep Earth Academy. Ocean Leadership is a nonprofit organization representing 97 leading ocean research and education institutions, aquaria and industry. The organization also manages ocean research and education programs in areas of scientific ocean drilling, ocean observing, ocean exploration, and ocean partnerships. Deep Earth Academy is the education arm of the scientific ocean drilling programs at Ocean Leadership. Deep Earth Academy uses exploration of the world around us as a model and strive to help students become better decision makers, problem solvers, science-literate citizens and stewards of our planet.