Program Update: International Ocean Discovery Program – September 2014
This month, the JOIDES Resolution concluded Expedition 352 (IBM Forearc), the final in a series of three expeditions focused on the Izu-Bonin-Mariana (IBM) oceanic arc, where the Pacific Plate subducts beneath the Philippine Sea Plate. Led by co-chief scientists Julian Pearce (Cardiff University, UK) and Mark Reagan (University of Iowa), Expedition 352 drilled just to the west of the Mariana Trench, into rocks that directly overlie the subduction zone. The overall goal is to understand whether and how subduction can contribute to the formation of ophiolites – large structures formed from layers of oceanic crust. The expedition concluded in Keelung, Taiwan, where nearly 300 local scientists, students, and officials had the opportunity to tour the vessel.
New to scientific ocean drilling? Wondering how to request samples or data? Interested in sailing on an expedition? If so, and you plan to attend the AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco, please join us for “IODP Primer: An Introduction to Ocean Drilling Programs.” At this short course, program specialists will discuss the history of scientific ocean drilling, what data are available in the archives, what makes a strong application to sail, how to participate in expedition planning, and more. The course is scheduled for Sunday, December 14, 1-5 p.m., preceding the official start of AGU. Registration is free, but space is limited. To register, please visit the USSSP website.
IODP Education, in collaboration with the University of Delaware, held its second 2014 School of Rock workshop in Lewes, Delaware August 10-15. Nineteen participants explored what we can learn about the Earth through core observations, microfossils, and deep biosphere microbes. The participants hailed from Washington, D.C., Delaware, and as far away as California. Plans are underway for follow-up programs at the National Museum of Natural History.