Site: SCS-2

Track line for SCS-1 through SCS-5E
Seismic for SCS-2

Priority: 1
Position: 1935.04'N, 11737.86'E
Water Depth: 3190 m
Sediment Thickness: ~870 m
Approved Maximum Penetration: 400 m
Seismic Coverage: Intersection of SO-95 Profile 10 and Vema Profile 3068

Objectives:

1.To recover a continuous sequence of hemipelagic sediments to reconstruct the middle Pliocene to Pleistocene/Holocene paleomonsoon history.

2.To establish if the SCS records an intensification of the winter monsoon during the Pliocene, consistent with the development of loess in China.

3.To establish if the summer monsoon is intensifying or weakening during the Plio Pleistocene.

Drilling Program: Triple APC to refusal, XCB (or double XCB) to 400 mbsf

Logging and Downhole Operations: Triple-combo, GHMT, and sonic-FMS

Nature of Rock Anticipated: Hemipelagic mud and mudstone

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