Happy Fall and back to school everyone! The JR is now on Expedition 346: Asian Monsoon, drilling in the Japan Sea to discover more about the development of monsoon climate patterns. You can learn more about this expedition here<.
It’s a challenge to get everyone from an expedition on deck at one time, since the ship must still be run, but we sure did try. See this amazing Expedition 346 group photo< on our Facebook page.
Expedition 346 scientists made a short video showing the collection of samples for “Optically Stimulated Luminesence” (OSL). This is a special technique for determining the age of marine sediments and requires that the core never be exposed to light. You can see it here<.
Time flies when you are having fun. Since my last entry we’ve completed the drilling and shipboard analysis of all three holes at our first site, U1422, and are now about midway through the second site, U1423. This site is located in shallower water, about 1785 meters deep, and is within distant sight of the island of Hokkaido and, even closer (~16 nautical miles), to a smaller uninhabited island whose characteristic profile denotes its volcanic origin.
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