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Press Release 11-105

Significant Role of Oceans in Onset of Ancient Global Cooling

Evidence that early Antarctic Circumpolar Current development affected global climate

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Aerial view of the drillship JOIDES Resolution, workhorse of the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program.

Aerial view of the drillship JOIDES Resolution, workhorse of the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program.

Credit: William Crawford and IODP


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Photo of the opening in the ship's floor that allows access to seafloor sediments.

The "moon pool" opening in the ship's floor allows access to seafloor sediments.

Credit: William Crawford and IODP


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Photo of scientists splitting open retrieved sediment cores.

After retrieved sediment cores are split open, they're sampled for further analysis.

Credit: IODP


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Photo of scientist Mimi Katz looking at core samples.

Scientist Mimi Katz looks at core samples; she will later identify microscopic plankton fossils.

Credit: MARUM/IODP


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Photomicrographs of foraminifera.

Photomicrographs of tiny foraminifera, used to learn about deep ocean currents of the past.

Credit: Mimi Katz/RPI


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Photo of a researcher in a core repository where cores are stored.

Cores recovered from scientific drilling expeditions are stored in three core repositories.

Credit: IODP-USIO


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Cover of the May 27, 2011 issue of the journal Science.

The researchers' work is described in the May 27, 2011 issue of the journal Science.

Credit: Copyright AAAS 2011


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