Drilling probes Mediterranean climate and oceanography
Article first published online: 3 JUN 2011
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Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union
Volume 77, Issue 3, page 19, 16 January 1996
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ODP Legs 160 and 161 Shipboard Scientific Party (1996), Drilling probes Mediterranean climate and oceanography, Eos Trans. AGU, 77(3), 19–19, doi:10.1029/95EO00017.
- Issue published online: 3 JUN 2011
- Article first published online: 3 JUN 2011
Marine sediments are an important repository of information on climatic change, and retrieving sediment sequences from climate-sensitive areas is an important aspect of paleoclimate research. In the spring of 1995, over 7000 m of sediments that reach back more than 5 million years to the Miocene/Pliocene boundary were recovered in the Mediterranean by the Ocean Drilling Program (ODP) Legs 160 and 161. Because the Mediterranean is a semi-enclosed, land-locked basin with restricted, open-ocean water exchange, the composition of these sediments is especially sensitive to climate change, and environmental signals are preserved in great detail.