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Advances in Earth Science  2011, Vol. 26 Issue (12): 1300-1305    DOI: 10.11867/j.issn.1001-8166.2011.12.1300
Introduction to the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program Expedition  334 Costa Rica Seismogenesis Project
Zhu Junjiang
Key Laboratory of Marginal Sea Geology, South China Sea Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guangzhou510301, China
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The Costa Rica Seismogenesis Project (CRISP) (IODP Expedition 334) was carried out on the continental margin slope apron in the Costa Rica subduction zone in Central America during March 13 to April 13, 2011. The primary scientific goals of this expedition are to understand the processes that control nucleation and seismic rupture of large earthquakes at erosion-controlled subduction zone. During one month drilling, onboard totally 1492.88 meters long cores were obtained at four sites and eight holes. Tephra layers with ages ranging from Miocene to present were indentified. Rock variation characteristic of sediments and basement rocks were preliminary defined and basalt from the oceanic Cocos ridge basement was recovered.

Key words:  Integrated Ocean Drilling Program 334      Costa Rica      Seismogenic zone      Subduction zone      Large earthquake     
Received:  10 November 2011      Published:  10 December 2011
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Zhu Junjiang. Introduction to the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program Expedition  334 Costa Rica Seismogenesis Project. Advances in Earth Science, 2011, 26(12): 1300-1305.

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