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AAPG Bulletin


Volume: 65 (1981)

Issue: 9. (September)

First Page: 1660

Last Page: 1661

Title: Ocean Margin Drilling Program: ABSTRACT

Author(s): Thomas A. Davies, William W. Hay

Article Type: Meeting abstract


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Plate tectonics provides a valuable descriptive framework for understanding the evolution of the earth over the past 200 m.y. However, many important questions remain unanswered as to processes occurring at plate boundaries, the evolution of the ocean environment, and the relation between continental and oceanic crust. The Ocean Margin Drilling Program (OMDP) represents a cooperative effort by industry, academic, and government scientists to investigate these topics.

The scientific objectives of OMDP may be conveniently grouped under the headings of passive and active ocean margins, ocean crust, and ocean paleoenvironment. They will be addressed by a comprehensive program involving regional marine geologic and geophysical studies, drilling and coring, and subsequent downhole experiments. The program will place particular emphasis on the ocean margins. As the basis for future planning, several regions have been selected to form a model drilling program. This model program will be refined as the program evolves.

Although OMDP is a basic research effort, it will begin to build the geologic framework against which to assess the resource potential of the region beyond the continental shelves.

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