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Expeditions to Drill Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico and Pacific Sites

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Coffin, MF, Expeditions to Drill Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico and Pacific Sites, EOS, Transactions American Geophysical Union, USA, 86, 15, pp. 151-153. (2005) [Newspaper Article]

Abstract

The Integrated Ocean Drilling Program(IODP),an international collaboration ofEarth,ocean,and life scientists that began in2003,offers scientists worldwide unprecedent-ed opportunities to address a vast array of sci-entific problems in all submarine settings.Recently,the scientific advisory structure ofthe proposal-driven IODP scheduled drillingexpeditions,targeting critical scientific prob-lems in the Atlantic Ocean,Gulf of Mexico,and Pacific Ocean,for 2005 and early 2006(Figure 1,Table 1).The IODP,which is co-led by Japan and the United States,with strong contributions fromthe European Consortium for Ocean ResearchDrilling (ECORD) and China,is guided by aninitial science plan,"Earth,Oceans,and Life"(www.iodp.org).For the first time,through theIODP,scientists have at their disposal both ariser (drilling vessel which has a metal tubesurrounding the drill pipe that enables thereturn of drilling fluid and cuttings to the drillship;the "riser"is attached to a "blow-out pre-venter"or shut-off device at the seafloor) andriserless drilling vessel (which lacks a riserpipe and blow-out preventer),as well as mis-sion-specific capabilities such as drillingbarges and jack-up rigs for shallow-water andArctic drilling.

Item Details

Item Type:Newspaper Article
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Geology
Research Field:Marine Geoscience
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding Knowledge in the Earth Sciences
Author:Coffin, MF (Professor Mike Coffin)
ID Code:75389
Year Published:2005
Deposited By:IMAS - Directorate
Deposited On:2012-01-30
Last Modified:2012-01-30
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