The ship is now well into Exp. 349: South China Sea. During this expedition, scientists are exploring the opening and evolution of the South China Sea and how those events affected ancient oceanography in this region. To read more, click here<.
We are preparing the next hole which will we expect will be 1900 m below seafloor. The top of the hole will be maintained by casing and we will get cores only for rocks deeper than 900 m below seafloor. A re-entry cone was lowered tonight and we could see the moonpool wide open: strange hole in the ship which allows us to lower all the equipment sent to the seafloor and beyond!
Attention middle and high school teachers! We are now accepting applications for this summer’s School of Rock professional development program focused on implementation of Next Generation Science Standards! The program will be held at the University of Delaware from August 10-16. For more information and the application, click here<. The application deadline is March 25, 2014.
The sign-up form for live ship-to-shore events during Exp 350: Izu Bonin Mariana Rear Arc – March 30 – May 30, 2014 is now open! You can read a little bit about the expedition here< and sign up for live 30-45 minutes sessions with the scientists and staff on board here<.
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