The JR is back in the water after its extended tie-up! From May 20-29th it is out on the SCIMPI expedition<, a mini-expedition both leaving and returning from Victoria, BC. School of Rock is also sailing on SCIMPI! More on that below!
Expedition 341 South Alaska will begin May 29th – you’ll be able to follow along here<. They’ll be exploring tectonics and climate change in the Gulf of Alaska until the end of July. Two education officers will be on board to help explain everything that happens.
During the SCIMPI expedition, the JR is doing some important engineering work. The ship’s scientists and crew will be replacing a sub-seafloor observatory and deploying a new piece of equipment. This operation requires a lot of teamwork and often involves signficant challenges because we are trying to do detailed work on the seafloor thousands of feet below the ship!
The derrick is the part of the JR that is most distinctive and tells anyone looking at it that this ship is involved with drilling. Watch this short video< to see how the derrick works to allow drill pipe to be assembled for seafloor work at any ocean depth.
From Day 5: Science Better than Reality TV
By School of Rocker; Christine Nakamura
Today was so action packed it was worthy of a reality show. We arrived on site for the CORK< last night. Immediately the crew started lowering the underwater Neptune camera and started connecting and lowering miles of pipe.
The School of Rock is on board now! Educators specializing in cyber school education are learning all about earth’s history and the deep biosphere. Plus following along with the new CORK deployment as it happens. You can follow along too on their blogs here<.
We are so excited to announce the release of the JR’s first e-book that we are repeating this announcement from last month! Entitled, Uncovering Earth’s Secrets: Science and Adventure on the JOIDES Resolution, it is available for free download at iTunes here<.
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