Nautical Flags

Nautical Flags

I got a little curious about some of the nautical customs observed on the JOIDES Resolution – specifically about nautical flags and ship-to-ship communication. Fortunately, Second Mate Edmund Ancheta, who has been sailing on the JR since 2009, was kind enough to answer my questions and teach me about the various types of shipboard communications. His responses are paraphrased below. I’m curious to learn about nautical flags. What are nautical flags primarily used for? Nautical…

Is there ever enough time?

Is there ever enough time?

Fremantle, Australia and our study area in New Zealand are 5 hours apart. When it’s 12:00pm in Fremantle, it’s 5pm in New Zealand. Even though the ship becomes its own little world, as outreach officers our job is to keep up with the rest of the world to communicate what’s happening onboard. To do that, we have to know what time it is! We are currently on day 3 of a 3,407 nautical mile (6,310…

Exploring the Inner Earth – Crust to Core

Exploring the Inner Earth – Crust to Core

Written By David Hansen The focus of today’s discussion provided insight into the structure of the Earth, plate interactions, the importance of mentorship and a science cafe discussion. Did you know the Earth is made of various liquid and solid layers?  The solid inner core, liquid outer core, solid mantle, soft upper mantle (also called the asthenosphere) and solid lithosphere (which includes the Earth’s crust) are the components that make up the layers of the…

At the bottom of the ocean

At the bottom of the ocean

This is Philipp Brandl, igneous petrologist onboard the Joides Resolution (JR). I was born and raised in Germany but I am now based in Australia to do some research drilling south of Japan; awesome. My colleague Frank already blogged about our transit from Yokohama to a place we call ‘IBM-1’, where we will now start to drill site U1438. IBM stands for Izu-Bonin-Mariana and is the name of the volcanic islands chains related to subduction…