MARGINS News Archive 2001

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December 21st, 2001: The web site user survey announced in the recent issue of the newsletter is published and can be accessed via (link inactivated). The permanent link will be from within the new MARGINS Office section of the web site, which will soon be active.

December 3rd, 2001: New issue of the newsletter in press! Download #7 from the newsletter page. Also, don't forget to check out the MARGINS AGU meeting page before going to San Francisco next week.

November 26th, 2001: The web site has a new look. This is the first step in a series, which will hopefully make the web site easier to navigate and more useful. Even though the new version has been thoroughly tested, errors may (probably have) slipped through; please don't hesitate to e-mail the MARGINS Office about these.

The major change is the new navigation bar, which is shortened to be easier to use. The "Related Web Sites" section is completely remade, too. It is our aim to provide a list of quality-tested links instead of just many links. Any suggestions on what to add (or remove) from the list are welcome. This list will be continuously updated.

More changes will happen in the very near future, so please keep visiting the web site.

October 4th, 2001: The report for the MGG Data managment workshop in La Jolla last May is finished and can be downloaded as high or low resolution PDF files from the Geo Prose web site.

October 3rd, 2001: A summary of the recently funded collaborative research proposal "US-JAPAN COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH: MULTI-SCALE SEISMIC IMAGING OF THE MARIANA SUBDUCTION FACTORY" is available on the Subduction Factory and the Izu-Bonin-Mariana pages. The full proposal text with figures is also available as a 3.6 MB PDF file.

October 2nd, 2001: Nankai Trough Seismogenic Zone Drilling and Observatory - IODP Proposal. In response to the first IODP call for proposals, a preliminary proposal for Seismogenic Zone Experiment drilling at the Nankai Trough was submitted to iSAS in October, 2001. The proposal, largely developed at a workshop held August 10-12, 2001 in Tokyo, was submitted by the 40 member Nankai Trough Seismogenic Zone Research Group. It outlines a program of both riser and non-riser drilling designed to characterize the plate boundary thrust and associated splay faults from seaward of the trench to the up-dip end of the seismogenic zone. The proposal can be downloaded as a PDF file from either the SEIZE page or the Nankai page.

September 26th, 2001: Nicaragua volcanoes documents: The excursion guide, by M. J. Carr, from the field trip held in connection with the MARGINS Workshop in Costa Rica in July 2001, is available in PDF format, as well as an excerpt from Benjamin van Wyk de Vries' unpublished Ph.D. thesis at the Open University, Milton Keynes, UK from 1993, titled: "Tectonics and magma evolution of Nicaraguan volcanic systems". Download from our Costa Rica page.

September 26th, 2001: The newly funded NARS-Baja project is summarized on the "Rupturing of Continental Lithosphere" page, and the full text of the proposal can also be downloaded as a PDF file from the same page.


During the MARGINS Steering Committee meeting held on 25-26 July, 2001, at NSF Headquarters, our Program Managers spent some time explaining and discussing how to make Source-to-Sink proposals (to be submitted to the 1 November NSF-MARGINS proposal deadline) more viable and competitive. The Program Managers offered many comments about the past proposals and the general Source-to-Sink Program. For example, it was felt that a stronger presentation was needed of scientific advances and benefits for a successful Source-to-Sink study that succinctly defines the fundamental questions and strategies to be used in Source-to-Sink. Further, it was felt that specific plans need to be provided for both focus areas in order to guide the review process, provide a sequencing of studies, and facilitate as wide as possible community participation.

The Program Managers strongest recommendation was for a small group to establish detailed Implementation Plans for research in the Waipaoa and Fly dispersal systems. Later, the Science Plan needs to be revised so it highlights the compelling science this research will accomplish. The group comprised: Chuck Nittrouer, Neal Driscoll, Steve Kuehl, Lincoln Pratson, Jeff Weissel, Bill Dietrich, James Syvitski and Garry Karner. It will be essential that proposals closely identify their potential roles in the Implementation Plans. Given the short amount time before the proposal deadline, it was suggested that the best plan of attack would be to generate an Executive Summary of the Source-to-Sink Science Plan after which, effort would be spent on revising the Science Plan.

September 17th, 2001:New meeting announcement. Immediately prior to Fall AGU in San Francisco, please consider visiting Stanford University to attend: The GEORGE THOMPSON SYMPOSIUM, December 8th-9th, 2001 "THE LITHOSPHERE OF WESTERN NORTH AMERICA, AND ITS GEOPHYSICAL CHARACTERIZATION"

September 10th, 2001: Rupturing of Continental Lithosphere/Red Sea update: A delegation from NSF and MARGINS recently visited Saudi Arabia to negotiate conditions for the Rupturing of Continental Lithosphere initiative. The trip was successful, and the outcome is described in more detail on a separate web page.

September 7th, 2001: A summary of the proposal text for "Seismic and Geologic Study of Gulf of California Rifting and Magmatism" by Lizarralde and co-workers is available online, and the full proposal text can be downloaded from either the Rupturing of Continental Lithosphere page, or the Gulf of California page.

August 21st, 2001: Examples of workshops and TEI proposals have been posted at the funded MARGINS proposals pages at this site. It is accessible from the Related Documents page.

August 21st, 2001: The Mailing List and Newsletter subscription form has been updated and a form for updating contact information has been added to the web site.

August 21st, 2001: The Meetings page has been updated, with more MARGINS-related AGU sessions. A special AGU Fall Meeting 2001 MARGINS sessions web page has been added.

August 7th, 2001: The MARGINS Steering Committee met in Washington DC on the 25th and 26th July. Two members of the committee retired (Bill Dietrich and Brian Taylor), and one new member joined, Anne Meltzer as a full member of the committee and a liaison of Earthscope.

August 1st, 2001: Clickable maps of the earthquake distribution along the Costa Rica/Nicaragua, and Izu-Bonin-Mariana margins have been posted on the web site. On each of the pages, high-resolution, scalable EPS files are available for downloading.

July 31st, 2001: Guidelines for the submission of contributions to the MARGINS Newsletter have been posted. Please read them and submit your contributions for the fall issue as soon as possible.

July 18th, 2001: EUROMARGINS call for proposals and new web site. EUROMARGINS first call for proposals on passive margins is published, and full information on this can be obtained at the new EUROMARGINS web site.

July 18th, 2001: Issue 6 of the MARGINS Newsletter has finally gone to the print, and will be distributed via mail within the next week. In the meantime the PDF version can be downloaded either directly via this link or from the Newsletter page on this site.

June 4th, 2001: NASA's "Exploring Our Home Planet, Earth Science Enterprise Strategic Plan" can be downloaded as a PDF-file from the Earth Science Enterprise web site.

June 2nd, 2001: New issue of Geotimes on the web. Of particular interest is the article : Science Fares Poorly in Campaign Budget. "Science takes a hit under the new administration's fiscal year 2002 budget. Understanding why is half the battle".

May 29th, 2001: The DESCEND (DEveloping Submergence sCience for the Next Decade) workshop executive summary is available as a down-loadable PDF file at the UNOLS web site.

May 24th, 2001: A new version of The Generic Mapping Tools (GMT)was released on April 18th, 2001. Please visit GMT's web site for more information.

May 24th, 2001: New meeting announcement; Chapman Conference on Exploration Geodynamics

May 23rd, 2001: MARGINS Viewgraphs are now available as medium-resolution PDF files, suitable for printing on e.g. transparencies. These files are found at the Related Documents page.

May 21st, 2001: "Ocean Sciences At the New Millenium", a document reviewing "the most important and promising opportunities for discovery and new understanding in the ocean sciences over the next decade" is available for download as a PDF file from the JOSS (Joint Office for Science Support) Program Support Group's web page (follow the link to "publications" at the bottom of the page) or directly via this link.

May 18th, 2001: The RIDGE 2000 Science plan is available for downoading as a low-resolution PDF file (3.9 MB file size) at the RIDGE web site or directly via this link

May 17th, 2001: MARGINS logotype now available for download in several different file formats for different uses. Check out the Related Documents pages.

May 10th, 2001: IODP Initial Science plan recently published. Download it from IODP's web site or directly via this link

May 8th, 2001: Results from the evaluation of the MARGINS Red Sea workshop

May 7th, 2001: New Announcement in the Meetings section - EarthScope workshop

May 7th, 2001: New web page: Legal information for field work and oceanographic cruises in Mexican terrirtory

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