Scientific Drilling in the South Atlantic Ocean

Current Location

South Atlantic Ocean

What can we learn by drilling holes in the seabed far beneath the South Atlantic Ocean? Climb aboard the JOIDES Resolution as a team of scientists investigate this mysterious underwater world!


This week, we sailed by ship nearly 2,000 miles from Cape Town to our current location, where we plan to drill into the ocean crust to obtain hard, igneous rocks that formed millions of years ago.


Once we collect the sediment cores, the sedimentology team transforms into time-traveling detectives! We gather clues to figure out what the environment and climate were like millions of years ago.

Field Notes

It is a major undertaking to get all the scientists and scientific technicians from around the world aboard the JOIDES Resolution before it leaves port. This was Dr. Pekar's journey!


What does it look and sound like to deploy the JOIDES Resolution's drill and obtain a core sample from the bottom of the South Atlantic Ocean? Let's join the ship and watch them in action!