IamA scientist on board the ocean-drilling vessel JOIDES Resolution- AMA!
The International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) conducts scientific drilling expeditions throughout the world's oceans in search of clues to Earth's structure and past. Currently, we are on Expedition 376, at the Brothers volcano approx. 400 kilometers northeast of New Zealand. We're retrieving and analyzing core samples and borehole data from three different locations at the volcano. Core samples and data are being used to determine the composition of fluids at depth, the chemical reactions that take place on the way to the seafloor, and how various metals are transported and deposited within the seafloor. We're also examining the effects of acidic environments on the microbes that live in and around hydrothermal vents.
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