Sea Level Research Records

Date: 4/6/2010

An international team on board the JOIDES Resolution (JR) broke records while investigating sea level change during the Integrated Ocean Drilling programme’s (IODP) Canterbury Basin Sea Level Expedition off New Zealand’s coast. They drilled four sites in the seafloor being: the deepest hole drilled by the JR on the continental shelf (1,030m), the deepest hole drilled on a single expedition of scientific ocean drilling (1,927m); the deepest sample taken by scientific ocean drilling for microbiological studies (1,925m). The IODP drilling investigations are designed to examine global sea level changes during the Earth’s ‘ice house’ period.

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