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IODP Expedition 330 Louisville Seamount Trail

Daily Science Report 9 -- Monday, 20 December 2010


Site U1372 on 26.5°S Guyot 26° 29' 35.9988" S, 174° 43' 45.0012" W
Louisville Seamount Trail
0 m above sea level

The science party continues to prepare for the arrival of the first core. Details of sampling for shipboard analyses were further refined including the integration of microbiology sampling into the core handling process. Geochemists and Paleomagnetists are testing their instruments including setting up the newly acquired XRF spot scanner that will be used for the first time on this expedition. All core description groups continue practicing the use of DESClogik and keep refining their data entry templates. An introduction to the microscope lab and the process of taking and uploading microphotographs was given in the morning. During a second meeting regarding post-cruise research division, all outstanding questions were unanimously resolved. At noon the scientific party started migrating to shift schedule. In the afternoon, the Operations Superintendent conducted a rig floor tour for the day shift scientists. A similar tour will follow the next morning for the night shift scientists.