State of the Planet

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South China Sea Tectonics

  • The Story at the Bottom of the South China Sea

    The Story at the Bottom of the South China Sea

    We have drilled 2,600 feet below the sea floor and in another 500 feet, will reach the crystalline igneous basalt of the ocean crust. Though finding the age of the basalt is our main aim, the thick sediments that overly the crust also have a story to tell.

  • Drilling Deep into the South China Sea’s Past

    Drilling Deep into the South China Sea’s Past

    The J.R. has set sail from Hong Kong. Trevor Williams explains what his research team hopes to accomplish.

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  • The Story at the Bottom of the South China Sea

    The Story at the Bottom of the South China Sea

    We have drilled 2,600 feet below the sea floor and in another 500 feet, will reach the crystalline igneous basalt of the ocean crust. Though finding the age of the basalt is our main aim, the thick sediments that overly the crust also have a story to tell.

  • Drilling Deep into the South China Sea’s Past

    Drilling Deep into the South China Sea’s Past

    The J.R. has set sail from Hong Kong. Trevor Williams explains what his research team hopes to accomplish.