The JR is still busily drilling in the North Atlantic Ocean on Expedition 342: Paleogene Newfoundland Sediment Drifts (June 2 – August 1, 2012.) Drilling not far from the site where RMS/Titanic went down exactly 100 years ago, the scientists and drilling team have pulled up some fascinating cores that showcase dramatic climate events! Follow along as we explore the past climate conditions that eventually led to the iceberg that sank the “unsinkable” ship<.
As you may guess, it takes a lot of people and a lot of different kinds of expertise to run a ship like the JR. Our staff and scientists come from around the world. Some are new on this expedition and others have been with us a long time. There are scientists, technicians, ship crew, stewards, and many more. Take a little time to meet some of them on our Science Party and Crew page<! You may be inspired.
Take a moment to watch Episode Four of our weekly video updates from Expedition 342: Newfoundland. You’ll learn all about science operation changes under pressure on the ship as scientists look closely at what data they have and still need, how their findings sometimes differ from what they expect, and catch a glimpse of those elusive Eocene animals! Watch it here<.
From Caitlin Scully, Education Officer for Expedition 342
It’s a little surreal floating in the North Atlantic right now. Sitting in the placid waters it’s easy to forget that we are just ten miles away from the site of one of the greatest maritime disasters of all time. As we drill into the past, the JR uncovers the glacial history of the North Atlantic. When did the ice form that sank “the unsinkable?”<
At about the same time Expedition 342 ends August 1, Expedition TN 284 will begin. TN 284 is a two-week expedition on the R/V Thompson that will return to sites drilled by the JR on Expedition 327 in Summer 2010, off the coast of Seattle in the Pacific. Scientists on board will be use the remotely operated vehicle JASON to visit the sub-seafloor observatories installed there to retrieve samples and data. You can follow along with that expedition here<.
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