The JOIDES (Joint Oceanographic Institutions Deep Earth Sampling) Resolution returned to Astoria last week and is getting ready for a scientific research mission off Vancouver Island, Canada.

The ship, which is 470-foot long and has a 200-foot-tall derrick that is used to drill core samples of the ocean floor, previously stopped in Astoria in summer 2004, before heading north to study the geology, chemistry and biology of the deep ocean.

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