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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
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
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.
September 17th, 2001: IMPORTANT
INFORMATION FOR THE SOURCE-TO-SINK RESEARCH COMMUNITY
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
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.
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
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".
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
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.
24th, 2001: New meeting announcement; Chapman
Conference on Exploration Geodynamics
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
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
18th, 2001: The RIDGE 2000 Science plan is available for
downoading as a low-resolution PDF file (3.9 MB file size) at
web site or directly via this
May 17th, 2001: MARGINS
logotype now available for download in several different file
formats for different uses. Check out the Related
10th, 2001: IODP Initial Science plan recently published.
Download it from IODP's web site or
directly via this
8th, 2001: Results from the evaluation
of the MARGINS Red Sea workshop
7th, 2001: New Announcement in the Meetings section - EarthScope
May 7th, 2001: New
web page: Legal information
for field work and oceanographic cruises in Mexican terrirtory