Tagged: JOIDES Resolution

Explorers probe hidden continent of Zealandia - Guest Work

Guest Work Sep 13, 2017

By Rupert Sutherland, Victoria University of Wellington Zealandia made global headlines earlier this year when scientists announced that it counts as a new continent. Now it is coming under closer scientific scrutiny. We are currently halfway through an expedition to drill into this vast underwater plateau of continental crust, and we can already reveal that Zealandia’s geography … Read More

New Zealand Palynology: Look to the East - Journeys to the ice

Matthew Wood Nov 02, 2010

When you take a sample of sediment from the seafloor and remove all the carbonate and silica — nearly the whole sample in most cases — what are you left with? Palynomorphs are organic microfossils that include the pollen and spores of terrestrial plants, the cellulose remains of marine phytoplankton called dinoflagellates, … Read More

“And ice, mast-high, came floating by…” - Journeys to the ice

Matthew Wood Mar 29, 2010

Unlike Coleridge’s Ancient Mariner, unwillingly blown there by a tyrannous storm-blast, the modern day seafarers aboard the JOIDES Resolution traveled to the Antarctic coast very much on purpose, following many years of preparatory work to identify the best sites to drill and retrieve sediment cores from beneath the sea floor. In early January, after … Read More

A New Year’s Resolution - Journeys to the ice

Matthew Wood Feb 01, 2010

While I was still busy sunning myself on Coromandel beaches during the first few days of 2010, the research vessel JOIDES Resolution was approaching Wellington Harbour after a record-setting drilling leg off the Canterbury coast. The Resolution’s sole purpose is to carry out the research objectives of the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP), … Read More