ICDP Primer

Available in high resolution (105 Mb) and low resolution (11 Mb)

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ICDP Training Course at KTB

37 scientist and engineers from 18 countries attended the ICDP Training Course on Continental Scientific Drilling

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Oman DP sampling party onboard DV Chikyu completed!

After two months of hard work onboard the DV Chikyu the ChikyuOman2018 team have completed comprehensive logging of 1700 m of core! A huge thank you to all who contributed to make this a success, as part of the science party,...

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DSEIS Post Drilling Workshop

Participants of the DSEIS Post Drilling Workshop SEP-2018

Post drilling in deep South African gold mines, Moab Khotsong and Cooke 4 mine, ICDP-Dseis is holding a seminar meeting at the CSIR, Nelson Mandela Mining Precinct in South Africa. The meeting is attended by international...

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Oman Sampling Party onboard drilling vessel Chikyu

In the next two months the cores taken during Phase II of the Oman Drilling Project will be described and analyzed onboard Chikyu. The scientists work in groups - the igneous, alteration, structural, geochemistry, physical...

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Marco Bohnhoff

Marco Bohnhoff is Professor for Experimental and Borehole Seismology and head of GFZ-section 4.2 'Geomechanics and Rheology'. He brings ICDP experience through his role as PI in various ICDP projects (GONAF, Koyna, STAR). 

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ICDP Executive Committee Meeting in China

The Executive Committee discusses about 12 Full Proposals, seven Workshop Proposals and one Pre-Proposal submitted by January 15, 2018. Workshop Proposals will be decided on by the EC, while Full Proposals will be decided on by...

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Oman Drilling

The final core of OmanDP Phase 2

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Oman Drilling

first core from site BA4A

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ICDP Image Video

The ICDP Image Video is now online

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ICDP Post-Operations International Workshop

This post-operation workshop in Pune, India highlights the achivements of the Koyna Pilot Hole drilling and discusses opportunities for future deep drilling at Koyna, a world-class site for studying reservoir-triggered...

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New milestone in Songliao Drilling

SK-II completed its stage IV (216mm diameter) last November at the depth of 5922.58m and after a long winter shutdown, started its final stage V (152mm diameter) on 4th May, 2017. As at the hole bottom, the temperature rises to...

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Hydrofrac tests in the Koyna pilot hole

The tests were carried out by a team comprising experts from Mesy-Solexperts and scientists from the Borehole Geophysics Research Laboratory (BGRL). The tests, made in the granitic basement, are the first of it's kind in the...

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EGU 2017

EGU 2018 will take place April 8-13 in Vienna - we are looking forward seeing you there!

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Important Transition at ICDP

Left: Brian Horsfield. Right: Axel Liebscher

As Chair of the ICDP Assembly of Governors, I have the bittersweet task of announcing the retirement of Brian Horsfield, who has ably served as the Chair of ICDP’s Executive Committee for the past six years. During Brian’s...

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SAG Meeting in Bern

Group Photo Further evaluation at the Executive Committee meeting in June 5-6.

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East Africa

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Drilling successfully completed with 225 m of drilled core

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India renewed membership

MoU between University of Earth Sciences, India and GFZ Potsdam signed on August 30.

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Colorado Plateau Coring Project

Petrified Forest National Park (USA)

See the video with first impressions from the drill site.

The Petrified Forest cores will provide a quantitatively sound reference section in which magnetostratigraphic, geochronological, environmental, and paleontologic data are registered to a common thickness scale with unquestioned superposition and will provide pristine unweathered samples. With such a reference section in hand the entire massive assemblage of outcrop data from the PFNP and the surrounding region can be integrated into the global framework. The hole will be deviated 30° from vertical for core-bedding orientation intersections to be used as an azimuthal guide; additionally, the orientation of the core will be registered to the hole wall using whole-core-scans and compass-oriented acoustic and optical televiewer images and dipmeter surveys. Core orientation will facilitate the recovery of a high-resolution magnetic polarity stratigraphy for correlation to the fossil-rich outcrop sections. The polarity sequence will be calibrated by a series of high-precision U-Pb zircon dates obtained from discrete levels in the core, and provide critical data to fill the geochronologic gap in global time scales for the Late Triassic.

Main Science Questions

The age-calibrated chronostratigraphy of the PFNP core will be used to address major issues of early Mesozoic biotic and environmental change including; 1) Were marine and continental biotic turnover events in the Late Triassic coupled? 2) Was the largest magnitude faunal turnover event on land during the Late Triassic synchronous with the giant Manicouagan bolide impact? 3) Does the NSF-funded Newark basin astronomically-calibrated Newark Basin time scale based on the NSF funded Newark Basin Coring Project fit independent radioisotopic dates from the Chinle Formation? 4) Is the orbitally forced (Milankovitch) cyclical climate change recorded in the Newark basin lacustrine reflected in the largely fluvial Chinle and Moenkopi formations?