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News Release 06-071

Geologists Drill Into Fossil Magma Chamber Deep Under the Ocean

International collaboration brings up first samples of hard rock called gabbro in intact ocean crust

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The derrick of the JOIDES Resolution, the scientific drilling ship used to recover the ocean crust.

The derrick of the JOIDES Resolution, the scientific drilling ship used to recover the intact section of ocean crust.

Credit: IODP

 

Specialized drill bits were used during drilling for core samples.

Specialized drill bits were used during drilling for core samples.

Credit: IODP