South China Sea Tectonics

Sediments drilled from beneath the South China Sea are a window into the region's past geology and climate. (Bill Crawford/IODP)

The Story at the Bottom of the South China Sea

We have drilled 2,600 feet below the sea floor and in another 500 feet, will reach the crystalline igneous basalt of the ocean crust. Though finding the age of the basalt is our main aim, the thick sediments that overly the crust also have a story to tell.

by |February 10, 2014
SCS map

Drilling Deep into the South China Sea’s Past

The J.R. has set sail from Hong Kong. Trevor Williams explains what his research team hopes to accomplish.

by |February 4, 2014