Ocean Drilling Program

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Ocean Drilling Program:

see under Deep Sea Drilling ProjectDeep Sea Drilling Project,
U.S. program designed to investigate the evolution of ocean basins by core drilling of ocean sediments and underlying oceanic crust. Funded by the National Science Foundation, the project was directed by the Joint Oceanographic Institution for Deep
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The ACEX was accomplished by implementing a fundamentally new, multiple-vessel approach developed under the auspices of the Ocean Drilling Program and the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program.
High-resolution planktic stable isotope record and spectral analysis for the last 5.35 My: Ocean Drilling Program Site 625, northeast Gulf of Mexico.
Further information: RGS-IBG conference: www.rgs.org/AC2005; Integrated Ocean Drilling Program: www.iodp.org; Environmental Change Research Centre: www.geog.ucl.ac.uk./ecrc
According to Steve Giovannoni, professor of microbiology, the work represented a highly complicated "plumbing job." The researchers took advantage of an existing hole and pipe casing that had been drilled previously in that area by the Ocean Drilling Program, through about 825 feet of sedimentary deposits on the ocean floor and another 175 feet of basalt, or hardened lava.
In February 2001, the Joides Resolution, the 143-metre drilling platform flagship for the Ocean Drilling Program, arrived in Townsville, prepared for its latest drilling research.
She is coordinator of public information for the Ocean Drilling Program in College Station, Texas.
Edgcomb had also analyzed subseafloor rock samples collected from a 2008 International Ocean Drilling Program expedition off the coast of Peru, and she and WHOI biologist Rebecca Cast discovered evidence of fungi living in them.
Beth Orcutt of the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences used the JOIDES Resolution, a sophisticated 470-foot scientific drilling vessel operated by the international Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP), to sample the muddy and sandy sediments that blanket the rocks on the seafloor, as well as drill into the hard crustal rocks themselves in order to understand how microbes can "breathe" and get the energy necessary to live in this remote environment.
Improved drilling techniques (Integrated Ocean Drilling Program) have resulted in the recovery of complete sections, and new analytical techniques have contributed to much better quantitative estimates of surface temperatures.

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