Sea-level and slope processes reflected off New Jersey


  • Leg 150 Shipboard Scientific Party


After a 10-year hiatus, scientific drilling returned to offshore New Jersey in June and July 1993 to measure the effects of global sea-level change and slope processes on the clastic sediments of a passive continental margin. Advances and retreats of the shoreline exert enormous effects on ecosystems, material and chemical balances of the ocean, and links within the earth-ocean-atmosphere system that determine global climate. The geologic record of these changes is recorded in passive margin sediments such as those offshore New Jersey.

The Deep Sea Drilling Project (DSDP) began drilling into this margin during Legs 11, 93, and 95; the Ocean Drilling Program (ODP) is now in the process of completing a carefully designed drill hole transect that extends from the continental rise to boreholes drilled on land.