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Reading All the Pages in the Book on Climate History

Ted Moore and Jan Backman

In recent decades, the scientific ocean drilling community has prided itself in being able to achieve the full recovery of hundreds of meters of the sedimentary section through coring, allowing scientists to decipher the history of Earth’s climate in its fullest resolution. The Deep Sea Drilling Project, the Ocean Drilling Program, the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program, and the International Ocean Discovery Program provided the impetus for the rapid growth of paleoceanography as a new field of study and contributed significantly to modern-day paleoclimate studies. These new fields are based upon a long progression of technical developments over decades and hundreds of drilling expeditions. Here, we briefly review the technical and coring strategy advances that today allow us to read all the pages in the book on climate history.

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