From October 2017, a team of scientists, drillers and staff from the European Consortium for Ocean Research Drilling Science Operator  (ECORD-ESO) will take part in International Ocean Drilling Programme (IODP)  Expedition 381, to drill the Corinth Rift, Greece. The rift is a unique laboratory situated in one of highest seismically active areas in Europe. This project, lasting up to 56 days, will drill into the main rift, which with its closed drainage system and high sedimentation rates, makes it an ideal location to examine the relationship between rift development and faulting, and how the landscape responds to those forcing factors. To do this the team will use a specialised geotechnical vessel, the DV Fugro Synergy. After the offshore phase, cored material will be taken to the IODP Bremen Core Repository (for an onshore sampling phase in January and February 2018) and split to reveal it’s secrets.

The scientific team will core in three different locations, up to a depth of 750m below the seabed, with the aim to address questions on four main themes:

Structural Evolution – how does the rift actually evolve and grow and over what timescale? How does the activity on faults change with time?

Surface Processes – how does the development of the rift and movement on the faults modify the drainage of sediments into the rift? How does the landscape respond to tectonic and climatic changes?

Natural Hazards – as one of the most seismically active areas in Europe, what are the implications for earthquake activity in a developing rift?

Paleoclimate Reconstruction – what was the climate like in the Eastern Mediterranean in the past? Can we reconstruct high-resolution records for past environments and climates from the sediments deposited within the rift?

During the Expedition we’ll use this page to communicate about the Expedition, both onshore and offshore, with input from the diverse range of people involved. Expect anything from how to drill a hole to what its like to live offshore for a long time……..

For more information: http://www.ecord.org/expedition381/6

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