The ship is wrapping up Exp. 354: Bengal Fan. Exp. 354 (Jan. 29 – Mar 31, 2015) and will soon be sailing into port in Columbo, Sri Lanka. The crew on board is still busy drilling a transect of sites across the middle Bengal Fan to obtain a record of Himalayan mountain-building and climate. Their objectives are to investigate interactions between the growth of the Himalayas, the development of the Asian monsoon, and processes affecting the carbon cycle and global climate.
Recently, one of our paleontologists Petra Dekens celebrated her birthday on the JOIDES Resolution. Fellow paleontologist Lyndsey Fox decided to do something special and came up with this creative idea to write “Happy Birthday Petra” using foraminifera, the tiny fossils that the paleontology< team spends their days trying to find and identify.
We are still accepting applications for U.S. educators/communicators to sail on the JR as an Education Officer for Exp. 356, which runs from 31 July – 30 September, 2014! Information and application forms are available here<.
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