Once more beneath the Ross Sea

Once more beneath the Ross Sea

The science that the JOIDES Resolution is setting off to do is built upon decades of work done by many scientists. This began in 1973 when the first drilling ship to explore the world’s sub-seafloor story, the GLOMAR Challenger, sailed to the Ross Sea from Fremantle, Australia, on Leg 28 of the Deep Sea Drilling Project. Before we left port, we had a visit from Prof. Peter Barrett, who was one of 12 scientists on…

A Ship with a View

A Ship with a View

Did you see the spectacular image of Alaska that was taken on June 17th by NASA’s MODIS satellite? Click here to see the cloud-free image of Alaska that captures wildfires, snow, water, ice, and large plumes of sediment entering the Gulf of Alaska. Alaska’s grand landscape is breathtaking from space, land, and sea. We are currently drilling into the continental shelf, approximately 22 miles from the mainland and can see this beauty firsthand. From the…

First entry: Introduction

First entry: Introduction

This is Dr. Stephen Pekar, and I have been a geology professor at Queens College since 2003.  My main focus of research has been investigating past climate and oceanographic changes during times (16- 45 million years ago) when CO2 was as high as what is predicted for this century (500-1000 ppm). As CO2 is rising rapidly today, which is predicted to be like putting our climate on a “hot plate,” exploring these times for me…