The ship is currently completing Exp. 349: South China Sea. Next week it comes into port in Keelung, Taiwan and prepares for the start of Exp. 350: Izu-Bonin-Mariana Rear Arc, which will be March 30 – May 30. This expedition will explore the development of Earth’s crust. You can learn more here<.
How does deep drilling actually work? This animation< gives a good little introduction to the drilling technology used on the ship.
My photo today shows the results of our drilling over the last half day in our attempts to get some more volcanic rocks close to the old seafloor spreading center in the southwestern South China Sea. As predicted we were able to start drilling the volcanic basement here quite soon after drilling through a relatively thin sequence of sedimentary rock, including some volcanic breccias, which had been derived from a local and relatively young seamount< volcano.
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 April 4, 2014.
We will be at the National Science Teachers Association annual conference in Boston April 3-6. Come on by and see us at Booth #1442, where we can direct you to our resources and events during the conference!
The sign-up form for live ship-to-shore events during Exp 350: Izu Bonin Mariana Rear Arc – March 30 – May 30, 2014 is open! You can sign up for live 30-45 minutes sessions with the scientists and staff on board here<.
You can also sign up for live events during Exp 350, May 30 – July 30 here<.
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