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Published on Jul 5, 2012
Episode THREE "TIME MACHINE": How is the JOIDES Resolution like a time machine? Meet the scientists who are the "keepers of time" and learn how we reconstruct the environments from millions of years in the past. The JR is instrumental in helping us understand how Earth and life has evolved for over 100 million years.
This summer, 100 years after the sinking of the Titanic, the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program will drill down through the seabed near Newfoundland, close to the legendary wreckage site. The mission of IODP Expedition 342: recover sediments that tell the story of climate change, ocean currents and glaciations over millions of years. The main drilling target: an interval in the geologic past when the Earth was a lot warmer than today. The sediments of the Newfoundland ridges contain enough detail to teach us precisely what happened, when, and why.