Blog Posts

21 Dec 2017
21 Oct 2017

The air-guns stopped shooting at 5:00am. Years of preparation, countless financial resources, hours of effort, and bright minds from twelve different countries went into making the MIRAGE II...

19 Oct 2017

For the past three weeks, the scientists on board the R/V Marion Dufresne have had a great deal of work to do. For one day, I observed the comings and goings on the decks of the Marion Dufresne....

18 Oct 2017

"A flash of light catches my eye and I raise my binoculars to check it out. A dolphin perhaps? Or a basking turtle? I search until I spot it again. The object is bobbing high in the water,...

16 Oct 2017

Chief Scientist Satish Singh was invited to share his experiences in a joint event organised with the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction. The goal was to discuss how to reduce...

10 Oct 2017

Hear from Filomena de Jesus (Timore L’este) and Marie-Laure Fournasson (France), about their experiences as participants in the Floating Summer School programme on board the R/V Marion Dufresne...

09 Oct 2017

Albert Einstein once said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” We should take his word for it, especially when it...

06 Oct 2017

Subduction zones are the most violent collisions on Earth. They are so powerful that even scientists who are familiar with the dynamics of plate tectonics are humbled by images of the aftermath....

04 Oct 2017

One week into the MIRAGE II expedition, the Marion Dufresne French research vessel is navigating its way...

02 Oct 2017

Five centuries ago, Leonardo da Vinci noticed fossilised sea creatures encrusted in the rocks around his house. He began to wonder whether, at some point, the mountains had been underwater. Da...

27 Sep 2017

It happened at 7:58am (Indonesian time) on 26 December 2004. In a few instants, the equivalent of 370 years of energy use in the United States, or 550 million times the power of the...

06 Jul 2016

As the captain of the R/V Marion Dufresne, Captain Victor Broi is new to research vessels, but that doesn’t mean the 57-year-old seaman (whose birthday is today) lacks experience. Though the...

05 Jul 2016

Although a number of seafloor samples will be cored towards the end of our four-week expedition, the main data-acquisition instruments aboard the research vessel Marion Dufresne are an echosounder...

04 Jul 2016

When a magnitude-8.6 earthquake struck the Wharton Basin on 11 April 2012, followed a few hours later by a M 8.2 shaker, it did not trigger devastating tsunamis.

01 Jul 2016

Greetings from Colombo, Sri Lanka! My name is Ben Marks. I am the Communications Officer from the Earth Observatory of Singapore (EOS), and I will be your resident blogger for the next four weeks...