I recently received word from The Tower’s science correspondent, Monica Wolfson, on our Facebook page about her recent deployment aboard the Japanese research vessel, Chikyu as part of the science team drilling into the Japan trench fault line to study the fault itself. As if this wasn’t amazing enough, they are also breaking a deep sea drilling record. 8,000 meters long! To get an idea of what that’s like, imagine taking a spool of thread that’s 1 millimeter thick and then allowing it to unwind from the top of a 20 story building. That’s essentially what they are doing except that once the pipe reaches the ocean floor 7,000 meters down it will then drill another 1,000 meters into the fault where it will take readings on temperature and pressure.
You can actually see our very own Monica Wolfson in the back row of the crew meeting at 14:56 in.
Interested in more info? Go here: http://www.jamstec.go.jp/chikyu/eng/CHIKYU/index.html