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The International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) is accepting applications for scientific participants on two expeditions: Expedition 362 Sumatra Seismogenic Zone aboard the JOIDES Resolution and Expedition 364 Chicxulub Impact Crater, operated by the ECORD Science Operator (ESO).
Expedition 362 Sumatra Seismogenic Zone: The 2004 Mw 9.2 earthquake and tsunami that struck North Sumatra and the Andaman-Nicobar Islands devastated coastal communities around the Indian Ocean. This earthquake showed unexpectedly shallow megathrust slip that was focused beneath the accretionary prism, including the distinctive prism plateau offshore North Sumatra. This intriguing seismogenic behavior and forearc structure are not well explained by existing models and by relationships observed at margins where seismogenic slip typically occurs further landward. The correspondence between the 2004 rupture location and the overlying prism plateau, and evidence for a strengthened thick sediment input section, suggests that the input materials are key to driving this distinctive slip behavior and long-term forearc structure. Expedition 362 aims to establish the initial and evolving properties of the North Sumatran incoming sediments and their potential effect on seismogenesis, tsunamigenesis, and forearc development for comparison with global examples. The expedition will occur from 31 July to 30 September 2016. Additional information on this expedition can be found here: http://iodp.tamu.edu/scienceops/expeditions/sumatra_seismogenesis.html.
Opportunities exist for researchers, including graduate students, in all specialties, including sedimentologists, structural geologists, paleontologists, biostratigraphers, paleomagnetists, petrophysicists, borehole geophysicists, microbiologists, and inorganic/organic geochemists. The deadline to apply is April 15, 2015.
Expedition 364 Chicxulub Impact Crater: The International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) is now accepting applications for Expedition 364 Chicxulub Impact Crater. Expedition 364 will address several questions related to large impact crater formation on Earth and other planets and the effects of large impacts on the Earth’s environment and ecology. The expedition target is the unique Chicxulub impact crater, Mexico, which is the only known terrestrial impact structure that has been directly linked to a mass extinction event (the K-Pg mass extinction). This expedition aims to drill and core into the Chicxulub impact structure to recover cores from, and above, the peak ring. The expedition objectives are to understand what rocks comprise a topographic peak ring and how peak rings formed, how rocks are weakened during large impacts to allow them to collapse and form relatively wide, flat craters, what caused the environmental changes that led to a mass extinction and what insights arise from biologic recovery in the Paleogene, and gain insight into what effect a large impact has on the deep subsurface biosphere and if impacts generate habitats for chemosynthetic life.
The offshore phase of this expedition will last 70 days in the period of April to June 2016, with only a subset of the science party members participating. An onshore science party (OSP) will be held at MARUM, University of Bremen, in Summer/Fall 2016. The OSP is expected to last 4 weeks; the exact length will depend on core recovery during the offshore phase. All science party members must attend the entire duration of the onshore science party.
Opportunities exist for researchers, including graduate students, in the following fields: paleontology, sedimentology, microbiology, organic geochemistry, inorganic geochemistry, structural geology, impact petrology, metamorphic petrology, paleomagnetics, physical properties, geophysics and petrophysics/downhole logging. Other areas of expertise may be considered. Additional information on this expedition can be found here: http://www.eso.ecord.org/expeditions/364/364.php. The deadline to apply is May 8, 2015.
U.S.-affiliated scientists interested in participating in these expeditions should apply to sail through the U.S. Science Support Program of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership.
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