We are still getting fantastic Plio-Pleistocene cores from Site U1445 on the Indian margin, which as well of meaning some very exciting post-cruise research, also means lots of work for the sedimentologists this week!
So for the last 5 days I have exclusively been hunched over the microscope staring at smear slides, for 12 hours at a time:
[Silty clay, clayey silt…?…. choices, choices…]
I can now estimate clay abundance with a ~5% error within 10 seconds of looking at a slide. I am not sure if I am proud of this fact or not.
Anyway, all this core-on-the-floor severely limits my available blogging time (a girl needs to sleep), so in the interim please enjoy some pretty photos of the amazing sunsets we get out here. One of the many perks…
And let’s not forget the luminous moon. It was our second full moon of the expedition yesterday – a nice way to mark time out here. Only 3 weeks left!
It’s important to take a 10 minute break from the lab from time to time….
… but now it’s time to get back to work!.