The JR is closing in on the end of Expedition 352: Izu Bonin Mariana Forearc< off the coast of Japan. After it comes into port in Keelung, Taiwan, it will go into a maintenance and tie-up period until the end of November.
Captain Steve Bradley
We use a lot of steel pipe out here for drilling operations. Most people think of steel as super-hard, but watch this video< to learn otherwise.
From Beth Christiansen, Education Officer on Exp. 352:
A “thin section” of rock is a sample that is mounted to a microscope slide and cut so thin that you can see light through it. The process of creating a thin section is a blend of artistry, technology and science. It is also a bit of a dying art according to Emily Fisher, thin section specialist for Expedition 352.
The JR sailed into the Aquarium of the Pacific on September 6 to teach visitors about the ship, its science, and how to get involved. Activities included hands-on tables, a reading of Uncovering Earth’s Secrets, and a live connection to the ship during Exp. 352! Watch this space or our Facebook page< for information about upcoming events near you.
<Want to teach your students about cores? You can borrow core replicas and accompanying teaching kits from us at no charge! Just send in a request to us< and we’ll be in touch with you about shipping, dates, etc. You can see what’s available here:
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