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.


Hi, my name is Dr. Stephen Pekar and I am a geologist. Before we travel to the middle of the Atlantic Ocean together, let me introduce myself and share how we can be detectives together!

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!


The JOIDES Resolution has left port in Cape Town, which means it's time to get to work. Let's explore the ship and see if we can figure out where Dr. Pekar is and what he's up to!