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MoHole WS 2010
Dept. Earth Sciences
Kanazawa University

Kanazawa 920-1192 Japan

International Workshop

Kanazawa-shi Bunka Hall
Kanazawa, Japan
3-5 June 2010

sponsored by
Consortium for Ocean Leadership & Kanazawa University


Background and Objectives

The mid-ocean ridges and the new oceanic lithosphere that they create are the principal pathway for energy and mass exchange and physical/chemical interactions between the earth’s interior, the hydrosphere, and the biosphere. Bio-geochemical reactions between the oceans and oceanic crust occur through out its lifetime, and hence the ocean lithosphere records the inventory of global thermal, chemical and biological exchanges. Drilling an ultra-deep hole in an intact portion of oceanic lithosphere, through the crust to the Mohorovičić discontinuity, and into the uppermost mantle is a long-standing goal of scientific ocean drilling; it remains critical to answer many fundamental questions about the dynamics of the Earth and global elemental cycles.

The 2010 MoHole workshop follows several recent scientific planning meetings on scientific drilling in the ocean lithosphere, in particular the "Mission Moho" workshop in 2006 (www.iodp.org/mission-moho-workshop/), and the "Melting, Magma, Fluids and Life" workshop in 2009 (www.interridge.org/WG/DeepEarthSampling/workshop2009). These meetings have clearly articulated that a deep hole through a complete section of fast-spread ocean crust is a renewed priority for the ocean lithosphere community and imperative to answer a wide range of fundamental science questions. The scientific rationale for drilling a MoHole in fast-spread crust is developed in the reports (available online) of these workshops, and in the Mission proposal that was submitted in 2007 to IODP (www.missionmoho.org).

Workshop participants will begin developping a roadmap for the technology development and the project implementation plan that are necessary to achieve our deep drilling objectives. Participants will also identify a limited (2 to 3) number of potential MoHole sites in the Pacific (i.e., in fast-spread crust), where the scientific community will focus geophysical site survey efforts over the next few years. Selecting drilling sites is essential to clearly identify the range of water depths, drilling target depths and temperatures that we anticipate, and better constrain the technological options that should be developed and implemented to drill and log the MoHole. These discussions will be held jointly between ocean lithosphere specialists, marine geophysicists, and drilling engineers, with the aim of identifying the best possible sites in fast-spread crust given our current geological, geophysical and technological knowledge and expertise.

Steering Committee (*co-chairs)

*Benoit Ildefonse, Geosciences Montpellier, CNRS, France (coordinator)
*Natsue Abe, IFREE, JAMSTEC, Japan
*Yoshio Isozaki, CDEX, JAMSTEC, Japan
Donna K. Blackman, Scripps Inst. of Oceanography, La Jolla, CA, USA
J. Pablo Canales, Woods Hole Oceanographic Inst., MA, USA
Greg Myers, Consortium for Ocean Leadership, Washington, DC, USA
Mladen R. Nedimovic, Dalhousie Univ., Canada / LDEO, Columbia Univ., NW, USA
Shuichi Kodaira, IFREE, JAMSTEC, Japan
Damon A.H. Teagle, NOC, Southampton, UK
Douglas S. Wilson, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Susumu Umino, Kanazawa University, Japan

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