Advances in Earth Science ›› 2017, Vol. 32 ›› Issue (12): 1245-1252. doi: 10.11867/j.issn.1001-8166.2017.12.1245

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Fundamental Questions of Ocean Crust and the Dream for Mohole

Huaiyang Zhou( )   

  1. School of Ocean and Earth Science, Tongji University, Shanghai 200092, China
  • Received:2017-10-25 Revised:2017-11-25 Online:2017-12-20 Published:2018-03-06
  • About author:

    First author:Zhou Huaiyang(1961-),male,Changshu City, Jiangsu Province, Professor. Research areas include marine geology and

Huaiyang Zhou. Fundamental Questions of Ocean Crust and the Dream for Mohole[J]. Advances in Earth Science, 2017, 32(12): 1245-1252.

Knowledge of ocean crust is one of bases to understand the deep and the surface of our planet. Since the definition of the Earth crust based on the geophysical discovery of Moho, marvelous efforts have been made to understand the geological significance of the Moho and the structure of the ocean crust. Up to date, it becomes clear that the Penrose model built up on ophiolite is unsuitable for the explanation of the ocean crust structure along slow and ultraslow spreading ridges, and probably also questionable for that of fast spreading ridges. The only effective way to solve the problem is to drill into the geophysical detected Moho and get samples. With the development of modern technology and more logic scientific strategy, that largely improved from the milestone Mohole projects carried out about half a century ago. The time to realize the Mohole dream seams coming.

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