Expedition 368

1-10 on one hand and other useful cultural exchanges

One of the things that I am really enjoying about this expedition is that half of the scientists in the science party are from China. This collaboration between China and the IODP will hopefully continue to build over the years as China builds more deep sea drilling research vessels. 

Curiosity and Collaboration

We are getting closer to the end of the expedition. The scientists are preparing and presenting their post expedition research proposals and sampling party requests. This is a time of both curiosity and collaboration. 

Science on the Vessel - Video by Shuhao Xie

Our education officer Shuhao Xie made another great short film called Science on the Vessel. It gives a quick glimpse in to the uniqueness and history of the of the IODP program through the lens of Hans-Christian Larsen our Co-chief for Expedition 368. 

Enjoy! - https://youtu.be/cVaIkKKwdXk<

Expert Learners

"I am not an expert but I can learn." Fabricio Ferreira, one of the Micropaleontologists replied during a question and answer after his presentation at a crossover meeting. This was in response to a question about reporting more about the agglutinate species of foraminifera, (a.k.a.

Dumbo Octopus caught on film!

Yesterday the re-entry camera was coming up from the bottom of the ocean and it caught footage of a Dumbo octopus Grimpoteuthis sp.. These unique cephalopods live in the deep sea. Their ear like appendages flap as they swim hence the knick name!  It is very rare to see them swimming in the wild. We feel lucky to have caught one on film!

No anchors, a needle on a string, we need thrusters!

If you want to approximate the difficulty of drill hole re-entry with the drill string you could try the following set up. Warning: You may have fun doing this and understand that this is only a model - A simplified version of the real challenge out at sea. 

"Core on Deck" - The Man behind the voice

>It made me so happy to finally meet Glen this morning. He is locally world famous here on the JR. It is kind of like meeting David Attenborough or Morgan Freeman. He has been the navigating voice of this expedition so I got his autograph!<

Internal Compasses

Now that I have found my purpose for understanding rocks, they help me better understand life, things are starting to click for me in my understanding of the lab work these scientists are doing. Turns out you can teach an old dog new tricks, you just need to find the right bone! Mine happens to be anything that can happen within a cell membrane.

How do scientists better see rocks?

Once the core is on deck the process of examination begins. For a core describer when it comes to rock a closer look can help lead them to a better determination of the rock. In order to get a closer look a thin section is made from a chunk of the rock by our thin Section tech Susan Boehm.

JR Song recaptured

One of the great things about the JOIDES Resolution is the people who come together to make these expeditions happen to answer the big questions about how the earth works. This song was written by a former education officer, Lisa Strong, it is sung here by Lisa Crowder.

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