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

1. Date the earliest evidence of glacial activity in Prydz Bay and obtain evidence of the Paleogene environment of Antarctica.

2. Link events in the East Antarctic Ice Sheet with changes in the Southern Ocean by drilling Oligocene and younger sediments beneath the continental rise that are distal counterparts of sediments beneath the Prydz Bay continental shelf and slope.

3. Acquire a record of late Miocene and younger ice advances to the shelf edge and interglacial deposits from the Antarctic continental slope by penetrating sequences in the trough mouth fan built by advances of the Lambert Glacier-Amery Ice Shelf.

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