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REF NO.: 215

SUBJECT: High-tech scientific ocean drilling research ship to make final port call in St. John's

DATE: Aug. 29

WHAT:News conference and Tour of D/V JOIDES Resolution
WHEN:Monday, Sept. 8, 2003, 10 a.m.
WHERE:Ultramar Wharf St. John's, Newfoundland, lower Battery area

The JOIDES Resolution, a sophisticated ocean-going research drill ship and floating laboratory used by the international Ocean Drilling Program (ODP), will visit St. John's Sept. 6-9, 2003. The port call comes after the final ODP expedition, where scientists attempted to drill a hole 2200 meters below the seafloor in the central Newfoundland Basin – the deepest ever drilled during the 20-year program.

When it arrives in St. John's, the ship and its crew of 50 scientists and technicians from around the world will have just completed a 2 month cruise, known as Leg 210, that studied the structure and evolution of non-volcanic rifted margins. One of the scientists onboard is Dr. Rick Hiscott, a faculty member at Memorial University and chair of the Canada ODP Council.

Scientists leading the cruise include Leg 210 co-chief scientists Jean-Claude Sibuet, Institut français de recerche pour l’exploitation de la mer (IFREMER), and Brian Tucholke, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and staff scientist Adam Klaus, Texas A&M University and Hiscott. This group will hold a news conference to explain the significance of their findings on Monday, September 8 at 10 a.m. on the Ultramar Wharf (lower Battery area).

Media representatives will also be given tours of the ship, which has 13 scientific laboratories, sophisticated drilling equipment, and other high-technology features.

ODP is an international partnership of scientists and research institutions organized to study the evolution and structure of the Earth. It is funded principally by the US National Science Foundation, with substantial contributions from its international partners, including Canada.

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