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Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors 156 (2006) 159161 Paleomagnetism in the ocean drilling program

Summary: Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors 156 (2006) 159161
Paleomagnetism in the ocean drilling program
From 1985 through 2003, the Ocean Drilling Pro-
gram (ODP) drilling vessel JOIDES Resolution sailed
the oceans, collecting data on 110 cruises (a.k.a. "legs").
Each leg carried a typical complement of two paleo-
magnetists (occasionally more or less), which means
there were 220 paleomagnetist positions and paleo-
magnetists collectively spent 36.7 years at sea. Many
more were involved as shore-based participants and col-
laborators, so the sum total is that a lot of paleomagnetic
science has revolved around ODP science in the last cou-
ple of decades.
ODP was far more than a floating excuse for paleo-
magnetic research. It was a gateway to samples from the
ocean realm and a time machine that provided access to
the Earth's past. The program cored igneous rocks from
the ocean crust and continental margins and sedimentary
sections hundreds of meters in length, providing samples


Source: Acton, Gary - Department of Geology, University of California, Davis


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