Core on Deck

Core on deck! Cooorrre on deck! That is what the driller will say once the 10m core liner is retrieved from the core barrel. The catwalk is all prepped up for the arrival of the core liner. And since we have been waiting 2 weeks, we are all excited as well.

Anticipating the retrieval of the first core

Anticipating the retrieval of the first core (we probably will be less thrilled after core 5)

The first people to get samples for processing are the paleontologist. They retrieve samples from the core catcher and have them process to identify the bugs in the sediments for biostratigraphy ages. Most of the time, they look like they are grabbing a bowl of cereal.

The first core catcher sampler

The first core catcher sampler

Of course, since they are the first to get the samples, they are all smiles – until they have to run out all the time to collect samples. But we are all excited to finally get some full-time work done.

O happy face!

O happy face!

The first core is always the highlight of any drilling cruise. She is the highlight and all the paparazzi are there to snap pictures of her. The 10m core liner will be cut into sections of 1.5m in length – for maximum recovery. If there are less materials recovered, the empty core liners will be discarded and proper length remeasured.

Preparing the core liner

Preparing the core liner

Measuring and cutting the core liner

Measuring and cutting the core liner

paparazzi

Paparazzi waiting with their cameras

Sometimes, while the wait is long – I do some crazy random photos. For example, I took a selfie with the co-chiefs! And waldo pops out of nowhere in there!

Where is waldo?

Where is waldo?

I am sure papa ooid will be happy to see that some of us are making ooid shoals in the Maldives. Another milestone for the shirt to travel aboard the JR making history.

Anyway, it will be another 3 hours until the sedimentologists will be able to physically see both the working halves and archive halves of the core. Which means, I get to go to bed while the day shift can start with the ‘real’ work!

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