The JR has just completed Expedition 340T and has embarked from Puerto Rico on a six-week expedition in the Lesser Antilles. Expedition 340: Lesser Antilles Volcanism and Landslides will explore volcanic processes along this island arc. How do volcanoes form on the ocean floor? Are you curious about underwater avalanches or eruptions? Follow along here<!
The ship has to work really hard to stay in one place on top of a drill site in the middle of an ever-moving ocean. This is accomplished with a complex and state-of-the-art system of thrusters called Dynamic Positioning. To learn more about it, click here<.
During Expedition 340T last month, our winning J-aRt sculptures were lowered to the seafloor to subject them to deep sea pressure, and then brought back up. Watch this video to see the effects of Art Under Pressure<.
From Teresa Greely, Education Officer for Expedition 340:
Greeting ocean explorers! It is official - we are sailing. We left port from San Juan, Puerto Rico, yesterday morning and we are now en route to our first sampling location. It was a great feeling to hear the props turning, engines humming and tugboats assisting as we left the harbor.
Are you going to the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) annual conference in March? We are! We will be in Indianapolis at Booth 1747 in the Exhibit Hall, and presenting or participating in a number of workshops and share-a-thons. Let us know if you’ll be there too, or stop by our booth for our schedule and to say hi!
We have a brand new poster available for you! Science is a dynamic, non-linear, creative, and collaborative process that takes researchers on unique journeys of discovery. This poster highlights the pathway one microbiologist and her colleagues follow to unravel the mystery of what is living in the rocks and sediments that make up the ocean floor.Click here< to see it and order your copy.
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.