Leg 180 Events
22 July -- Damon Shorter, science writer
for the Australian Broadcast Corporation, boarded
the JOIDES Resolution near the coast of Papua New
Guinea and sailed for the remainder of the leg. Mr.
Shorter filed daily reports that were posted on the
ABC website (http://www.abc.net.au/science)
regarding ODP science, drilling and ship
operations. The reports filled 76 pages of
information aimed at secondary and university
students. The reports will remain on the website
for one year.
8 August -- A film crew from Emotions and
commissioned by the Woods Hole Oceanographic
Institutions boarded the JOIDES Resolution during
transit to Sydney to collect film footage for a
television documentary program about science at
sea. The film crew remained aboard the ship for the
remaining transit time into Sydney.
10 August -- A film crew from the
Australian Broadcast Corporation boarded the ship
for three hours to collect footage for an upcoming
national news report on ABC.
Sydney Port Call
10 August -- A port call meeting was held
at the University of Sydney to discuss the upcoming
events. JOI, ODP/TAMU, ODP Australia, and Garden
Island (port site) officials attended the
11 August -- First day of port call, a
news conference was held aboard the ship at noon
with Dr. Brian Taylor, Dr. Bob Carter and Dr. Nick
McCave giving presentations regarding Leg 180
results and Leg 181 objectives.
12 August -- More than 100 invited guests
attended a VIP event that included ship tours and a
reception at Garden Island Harbor. Speaking at the
reception was Dr. Jock Keene, Director of
ODP/Australia, U.S. Ambassador Genta Hawkins
Holmes, AGSO Director Neil Williams and Dr. Kate
Moran, Director of ODP.
13 August -- An ODP science conference
was held at the University of Sydney, in
conjunction with ship tours for 450 members of the
science and engineering community and university
14 August -- More than 500 invited high
school students toured the ship from schools in the
Sydney area. Teachers were given "Blast from the
Past" posters and copies of the "Mountains to
Monsoons" CD-ROM to further their geoscience
curriculum in the classroom.
ODP/Australia Director Jock Keene
(left); Neil Williams, director of the Australian
Geological Survey Office; U.S. Ambassador Genta
Hawkins Holmes; and ODP Director Kate Moran during
a reception for Australian government and
university officials attending Sydney Port Call
events. More than 100 guests invited by the Ocean
Drilling Program Australian Secretariat toured the
JOIDES Resolution on 13 August. In the background
is the famous Sydney Opera House (right).
Brian Taylor, co-chief scientist
for Leg 180, describes core samples collected
during the expedition to Ambassador Genta Hawkins
Holmes (left). ODP Director Kate Moran guided the
Ambassador and her staff on a tour of the JOIDES
Resolution. During this cruise the two longest
profiles into the deep sub-seafloor biosphere were
made. Bacteria remain present in sediment and rock
samples analyzed from more than 800 meters below
the sea floor. The persistence of apparently living
microbial life in hard sedimentary rock as old as
15 million years and as deep as 846 meters into the
subsurface extends the known limit of the
Jeff Fox (center), Director of
Science Operations, describes ship operations
aboard the JOIDES Resolution to a group of
government officials during a tour of the ship.
Ron Grout (right), Leg 181
operations manager, talks with Schlumberger
executive Larry Schilhab describing drilling
operations aboard the JOIDES Resolution.
Schlumberger, in partnership with
DSND-SØNDENFJELDSKE, owns and operates the
vessel under contract with Texas A&M Research
Foundation for the Ocean Drilling Program.
The National Science Foundation
(top, left), Joint Oceanographic Institutions, Inc.
and Australian flags fly high above the JOIDES
Resolution during port call activities.