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Geoscience Research in the Oceans: Abstract
Modern oceanographic research involves geological, geophysical and geochemical studies of the earth's crust from the continental margins to the deep ocean floor. Geological studies of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution have centered on the topography, structure and sedimentology of the Atlantic Coast shelf and slope from Maine to Florida. Geophysical work has been concerned with structures of deep basins, trenches, and rift zones of the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean and Red Seas. Geochemical research has investigated the organic compounds including hydrocarbons of marine organisms and both near shore and deep sea sediments. Inorganic studies have been concerned with the origin and nature of mineral deposits on the sea floor. Although past studies have concentrated on shallow punch cores, there are now cooperative programs underway that will drill deep holes from the Continental margins out into the ocean basins in order to learn more about the composition, age and history of marine sediments.
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1 Department of Chemistry and Geology, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Massachusetts
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