Because Site 1202 was drilled only hours out of port at the end of the leg, only minimal shipboard analysis consisting of MST and paleomagnetic studies on whole-round samples, preliminary dating of core catcher samples, sedimentological descriptions of split cores from Hole 1210A, and whole-round sampling for shore-based geochemical studies was performed during Leg 195. Detailed descriptions of the core will be prepared by a shore-based party assembled for the purpose at College Station, Texas. Preliminary examination of the core catcher samples suggests that the entire 410-m section recovered at Site 1202 consists of rapidly deposited dark gray calcareous silty clay with occasional interbedded sandy layers. The oldest microfossils observed were <127 ka in age, making the sedimentation rate at least 325 cm/k.y.
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