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Ocean research officials hail completion of modernization for US scientific ocean drilling vessel
Date:1/26/2009

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Already a 20-year workhorse on behalf of scientific ocean drilling, the JOIDES Resolution (JR, for short) has been completely refurbished. The JR is now poised to help IODP continue to push the edge of the envelope of science by collecting unique sub-seafloor samples and data that would otherwise remain out of reach to researchers. Expeditions onboard the JR help improve scientific understanding of: the causes of natural hazards such as earthquakes and tsunamis; Earth's changing climate conditions over the past 100 million years; methane hydrates 'frozen' deposits of methane gas that show potential to be a major factor in climate change; and future rising sea levels by examining the evidence of past sea level rise and climate change contained in the archive of seafloor sediments.


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Contact: Jon Corsiglia
jcorsiglia@oceanleadership.org
202-787-1644
Joint Oceanographic Institutions
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