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JOIDES Resolution charts a course for NZ waters – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on May 30th, 2016.

The world’s largest geoscience programme has confirmed that the research ship JOIDES Resolution will undertake several projects exploring the seafloor off New Zealand’s coast. The International Ocean Discovery Programme (IODP) has given the green light to a series of five back-to-back projects starting in August 2017, representing NZ$80 million in investment. The JOIDES Resolution, an […]

Slippery clay a factor in Japan’s Tohoku-Oki 2011 earthquake

John Kerr posted in on December 6th, 2013.

A thin layer of slippery clay was major contributor to the fault rupture that generated the 2011 Tohoku-Oki earthquake and subsequent tsunami, according to new sea floor drilling research. A series of three studies, published today in Science, describe rock samples retrieved from the rupture zone. Their collective observations suggest that a critical reason for […]

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