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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Discovering our oceans: A new era of ocean research drilling has dawned

Discovering our oceans: A new era of ocean research drilling has dawned
During the past decades the findings of scientific ocean drilling expeditions have fundamentally changed the way we look at our blue planet. Today we have a much better grasp of how processes like earthquakes and tsunamis develop; ocean drilling made it possible to prove the theory of plate tectonics and we know a lot more about climate change and the limits of life deep below the seafloor. However, many issues remain to be solved. Hence the launch, on October 1st, of a new era of ocean research drilling: over the next decade, the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) will focus on scientific challenges that are of immediate interest to society. http://phys.org/news/2013-10-oceans-era-ocean-drilling-dawned.html#nwlt

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