Site: SCS-5C

Track line for SCS-1 through SCS-5E
Seismic for SCS-5C (revised 1 February 1999)

Priority: 1
Position: 1849.73'N, 11632.93'E
Water Depth: 3232 m
Sediment Thickness: 750 m
Approved Maximum Penetration: 700 m
Seismic Coverage: SO-95 Profile 5 near intersection with Profile 20

Objectives:

1.To recover a continuous sequence of hemipelagic sediments to reconstruct the paleoclimate history from Oligocene to Miocene.

2.To identify the onset of monsoonal variability in the SCS and to establish its evolution in the Oligo-Miocene interval.

3.To establish if Oligo-Miocene pattern of accumulation rates are consistent with models of HTC uplift, monsoon intensification, and sea-level changes.

Drilling Program: Triple APC to refusal, XCB (possibly double XCB) to 450 m, RCB to
700 m

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

Nature of Rock Anticipated: Hemipelagic mud and silt

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