This informal report was prepared from the shipboard files by the scientists who participated in the cruise. The report was assembled under time constraints and is not considered to be a formal publication that incorporates final works or conclusions of the participating scientists. The material contained herein is privileged proprietary information and cannot be used for publication or quotation.

Preliminary Report No. 81

First Printing 1998



This publication was prepared by the Ocean Drilling Program, Texas A&M University, as an account of work performed under the international Ocean Drilling Program, which is managed by Joint Oceanographic Institutions, Inc., under contract with the National Science Foundation. Funding for the program is provided by the following agencies:

Australia/Canada/Chinese Taipei/Korea Consortium for the Ocean Drilling
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (Federal Republic of Germany)
Institut Français de Recherche pour l'Exploitation de la Mer (France)
Ocean Research Institute of the University of Tokyo (Japan)
National Science Foundation (United States)
Natural Environment Research Council (United Kingdom)
European Science Foundation Consortium for the Ocean Drilling Program (Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and Turkey)
Marine High-Technology Bureau of the State Science and Technology Commission of the People's Republic of China

Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation, the participating agencies, Joint Oceanographic Institutions, Inc., Texas A&M University, or Texas A&M Research Foundation.

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