Magazine article Oceanus

Australia

Magazine article Oceanus

Australia

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Australian geoscientists' involvement in ocean drilling began with planning and fieldwork for early 1970s DSDP work in Australasian waters and subsequent shore-based studies on the resulting cores. Although the Consortium for Ocean Geosciences of Australian Universities (COGS) was created in 1974 to promote Australian participation in the International Phase of Ocean Drilling, funding constraints prevented the country's formal presence in the drilling programs until 1988, when Australia and Canada joined ODP together as a consortium member. In the meantime, however, COGS maintained ties with the ocean drilling community and helped to develop drill site proposals for the Australasian region.

The benefits Australia currently enjoys from ODP participation are in large part due to those geologists who provided many years worth of energy and impetus for membership in ODP, notably Roye Rutland, Peter Davies, and David Falvey (all of Bureau of Mineral Resources--BMR) and Keith Crook (ANU), along with many others, and also to the foresight of the Australian Research Council, which declared ODP membership to be a national research priority in 1988.

Following Australia and Canada joining ODP as a consortium member, the Minister for Resources appointed an Australian ODP Council, formed by representatives of the four major funding agencies, and the Australian ODP Secretariat was established at the University of Tasmania. Since 1992, the Secretariat has been housed at the University of New England in the Department of Geology and Geophysics. …

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