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Beautiful People – Mon, Apr 24

I have been super fortunate to meet some amazing girls (56 to be exact and their teachers) from the STEM Magnet Academy of Pointe Coupee just outside Baton Rouge, LA. This post is dedicated to them. The girls visited LSU just last month to watch the movie Hidden Figures.

Magnetizing – Sun, Apr 23

This is a pic from the lab space used by the group working on the paleomagnetic signature in the cores. The small cubed-shape samples of the core are first wrapped in those shiny wrappers and passed through the Superconducting Rock Magnetometer (SRM) in the back, which measures the remanent magnetism in three directions. i.e., the permanent magnetism present in a rock before any treatment.

Finding Nemo – Sat, Apr 22

Ok, the title is a little off; but we are at sea so this
works somehow, or maybe not?? What really struck me as I sat down to write this
post is the importance of finding grace in how you do what you do; maybe it is
called living gracefully or some other soulful and deep phraseology. On the JR,
there is no really private space and no time with 12 hour shifts everyday to

The School of Rock – Fri, Apr 21

I think this is a Jack Black movie or am I mixing things up?
I don’t have readily available internet access to look things up, so what you
read in this blog is what I have stored in memory. Of course, that movie had
nothing to do with rocks, but the play on words is good enough for me, and who

Don’t lose your cool – Thu, Apr 20

After many back-to-back hours of measuring rock properties on the cores, our group is being challenged. Our skillfully crafted work plan on who does what, when and how is showing some cracks. So how do you keep your
cool when the tension is high?

Now what? – Wed, Apr 19

We have reached our target depth in the current hole and will move to another hole nearby to go deeper. This has to happen because we can only drill to a certain depth with drills that give good core recovery.

8-minute Cores - Tue, Apr 18

If you are thinking this is touch stuff - well it is! It takes smarts, grit, and a good dose of finesse to slice up a core with so much hanging on the line, and the scientists watching your every move. This is a pic of the "catwalk" no joke.

Everything is peachy - Mon, Apr 17

If you show up to this blog and the posts are not in sequence, or text and photos are plain old mixed up. And if you clicked on the "where's the JR" link and it showed you the wrong location, don't worry.

First cores, woosah! - Sun, Apr 16

We got our first cores today and we all went a little crazy with excitement. Cores are material from beneath the seafloor; they can be sediment or rock. Cores arrive on board in 7 cm diameter clear plastic tubes (liner) that are about 1.5 m long.

The crazy little thing called time - April 15 - Saturday

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