Downhole measurement opportunities


  • G. M. Purdy


During the next few years, several drill holes that are planned for deep penetration into the igneous ocean crust will provide an opportunity for the emplacement of instrumentation for short- and long-term in-situ monitoring of many important physical and chemcial parameters of the sea floor. T he drilling will take place as part of the Ocean Drilling Program (ODP) operated by Texas A&M University under the scientific direction of the Joint Oceanographic Institutions for Deep Earth Sampling (JOIDES). The purpose of this brief announcement is to alert the scientific community to the potential of these innovative measurements and to stimulate the formulation and planning of experiments and proposals to take advantage of this new opportunity.