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Department of Earth Sciences

'OSCAR' awarded to Durham geophysicists

(9 August 2011)

The OSCAR project is a major two-ship marine geophysical and oceanographic investigation of the hydrothermal fluid flow and plumbing within the oceanic crust at the Costa Rica Rift on the East Pacific Rise, and how this changes as the crust ages and spreads off-axis.

OSCAR stands for Oceanographic and Seismic Characterisation of heat dissipation and alteration by hydrothermal fluids at an axial Ridge. The project is a NERC Consortium Grant with PIs Hobbs, R.W. and Peirce, C. (Durham). Other scientists are Tong, V. (UCL), Ballentine, C. (Manchester), Morales Maqueda, M. (NOCL), Megann, A.
(NOCS) and Smeed, D. (NOCS). The total award is £3.7M, of which £2.8M comes to Durham.