The President's Page: International Program of Ocean Drilling


  • Philip H. Abelson


The United States continues to demonstrate top quality in scientific enterprise and conspicuously in those areas that are sometimes called ‘big science.’ In matters pertaining to the American Geophysical Union, three major examples stick out: lunar exploration, the ERTS program, and the Deep Sea Drilling Project.

We can all be proud of the effectiveness with which these programs have been implemented. The three alone would give this nation a legitimate claim t o international distinction in science. Conversations with scientists of other lands confirm that this view is widely shared.