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Oceanography student collects sediment from record-breaking depths

University of Rhode Island graduate student Justine Sauvage returned recently from a two-month expedition aboard a Japanese ship studying life deep beneath the seafloor.

In the process of the research effort, the international team of scientists and crew aboard the 210-meter ship D/V Chikyu set a record for drilling farther into the sediment than any previous research ship had done before. They drilled 2,446 meters below the seafloor off the coast of Japan, while the previous record was 2,112 meters.

“There are deeply buried coal beds off the coast of Japan that are undergoing lots of transformation...


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