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Press Release 09-089

Sea-floor Sediments Illuminate 53 Million Years of Climate History

Drillship JOIDES Resolution completes first expedition as redesigned ship

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Map showing locations of ocean drilling expeditions in the equatorial Pacific ocean.

Two back-to-back ocean drilling expeditions will study sea-floor sediments and climate change.

Credit: Consortium for Ocean Leadership/IODP


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Photo of scientists preparing to drill into the sea-floor crust in the equatorial Pacific Ocean.

Scientists prepare to begin drilling into the sea-floor crust in the equatorial Pacific Ocean.

Credit: Consortium for Ocean Leadership/IODP


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Photo of basaltic rock brought up in sediments in this core taken from the bottom of the Pacific.

Basaltic rock was brought up in sediments in this core taken from the bottom of the Pacific.

Credit: Consortium for Ocean Leadership/IODP


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