What is the JOIDES Resolution?
The JOIDES Resolution (JR) is a research vessel that drills into the ocean floor to collect and study core samples. Scientists use data from the JR to better understand climate change, geology and Earth’s history. It is a part of the International Ocean Discovery Program and is funded by the National Science Foundation.
On this expedition, the JR will drill at key locations in successions of sediments and sills of varying age and temperature to explore the physical and chemical gradients along present and extinct fluid pathways. The science party will also investigate subsurface microbial communities that are sustained by the chemical compounds which are present below the seafloor. This will allow us to have a better idea of their efficiency at capturing these carbon-containing products and to advance our understanding of the conditions that limit life in the depth of our planet.
Time at Sea: 31 days