6 weeks 2 days from now
Celebrate Good Times
Submitted by Alison Mote on Fri, 07/05/2013 - 09:55
Something that I’ve learned very quickly is that holidays and special occasions, like birthdays, are not taken lightly on the JOIDES Resolution. Throughout weeks where just about everything around us is static, it’s quite refreshing to have a celebration on the horizon. That being said, we had been anticipating the 4th of July for several days, since our Camp Boss, Taylor, gave us a sneak peek of the dinner menu. Of course, all of our celebrations involve food (we are on a dry ship, after all)!
The attention to detail that our catering crew puts into every meal is remarkable, and they went above and beyond with our Independence Day spread. Our feast included platters of sushi, snow crab legs, prawns, a “hot carvery” with a cornucopia of roasted meats, and a beautiful selection of desserts. Finishing touches included tables adorned with flowers carved from radishes, spring onions, and carrots. And to top it all off, there was an eagle sculpted out of ice. I’ll repeat: an eagle sculpted out of ice! Brilliant! Clearly, the eagle really tied it all together for me. I can’t tell you enough how much we appreciate our wonderful culinary crew! Visiting the galley is a highlight of our day.
The other highlight of our day is...CORE ON DECK!
Something else to celebrate is that our core recovery has been pretty amazing the past few days. We have been coring with the RCB (rotary core barrel) drill bit in hole F and are getting ~90% recovery, which is stellar. Core liners filled with sediments are cause for celebration! We are getting pretty deep into the hole, currently at ~700 meters below the sea floor, and each core has many stories to tell. In a single core we see burrowed intervals, followed by laminated intervals, back into burrowed intervals, intervals of ice rafted debris (IRD), layers of fine mud absent of IRD, sandy layers, silty zones…shall I go on? OK, I’ll stop there. My point is that we can see that ocean conditions were changing a lot during relatively short periods of geologic time. It’s fun to imagine ice bergs floating around in this part of the ocean, dropping IRD as they melted, and little critters burrowing through the deep sea sediment. The big questions are: what conditions made it favorable for these critters to live at some periods and not others, where exactly did the sediment come from, and what path did the sediments take to arrive in this part of the ocean? Our science detectives, aka. geologists, are working on cracking the case. Stay tuned.
In the meantime, I have attached a picture of one of our cores from yesterday. See if you can find the laminations, IRD, and sediment-filled burrows!