The main objectives of our proposed drilling campaign in the Prydz Bay region are to

Three primary drilling sites and alternatives have been identified to achieve these objectives. The drilling strategy consists of the following:

Alternative drilling strategies have been developed to fulfill the Leg 188 objectives in case ice conditions prevent access to preferred drilling areas. If time permits, the leg will acquire a high resolution Holocene environmental record by coring a section of biosiliceous Holocene sediments on the Mac Robertson Shelf west of Prydz Bay. This section should have a resolution comparable to ice cores and similar sediments cored in Palmer Deep during Leg 178.

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