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2009-08-04 11:30:00

The Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP), in collaboration with industry partner AGR Drilling Services, has engineered an ultra-deepwater drilling technology for use by IODP drilling vessels in scientific research. Originally developed for shallow-water oil and gas exploration, the "riserless mud recovery" technology (RMRâ“ž¢) holds great promise for scientists striving to reach the long-held goal of Project Mohole in the 1950s: drilling all the way through...

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2009-05-03 12:45:00

Drillship JOIDES Resolution completes first expedition as redesigned ship The Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) drillship JOIDES Resolution is returning to port in Honolulu this week after a two-month voyage to chart detailed climate history in the equatorial Pacific Ocean. The expedition was the first of two back-to-back voyages of a scientific project called Pacific Equatorial Age Transect (PEAT). It was the first international scientific drilling expedition after the JOIDES...

2008-02-20 10:20:00

On 19th February 2008 the GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam (GFZ) officially commenced the operation of the new drill rig InnovaRig at the geothermal drill site at Drrnhaar (Bavaria). With this event, one of the most modern drill rigs worldwide, with a drilling capacity to a depth of 5000 meters becomes available. Drilling is an essential tool in Geosciences", says Professor Reinhard Httl, Scientific Executive Director of the GFZ Potsdam. Up to now modified drill rigs from the exploration...

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2008-02-05 13:35:00

Cores provide new data source on how earthquakes are generatedThe third expedition of the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program's Nankai Trough Seismogenic Zone Experiment (NanTroSEIZE) completed its mission off the Kii Peninsula today. The expedition science party, 26 scientists representing 10 countries, set forth on Dec. 19, 2007, aboard the drilling vessel Chikyu, to evaluate the deformation, structural partitioning, and physical characteristics of the Nankai Trough fault zone. The expedition...

2008-01-17 09:50:22

Rice's Sawyer, colleagues search Nankai Trough for quake clues Rice University Earth scientist Dale Sawyer and colleagues last month reported the discovery of a strong variation in the tectonic stresses in a region of the Pacific Ocean notorious for generating devastating earthquakes and tsunamis in southeastern Japan. The results came from an eight-week expedition by Sawyer and 15 scientists from six countries at the Nankai Trough, about 100 miles from Kobe, Japan. Using the new scientific...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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