IODP Scientific Mantle Drilling Preliminary Resources


Study Reports

High Impact Sytems (Rock Bits, Coring & More) Technical Review & Risk Reduction Study (PDF) -- Produced by Blade Energy Partners, 7 February 2013

IODP Mantle Drilling Project Initial Feasibility Study (PDF) -- Produced by Blade Energy Partners, 30 June 2011

OTC 2012 presentation slides (summary) (PDF) -- Presented by IODP-MI and Blade Energy Partners

Oceanic Crustal Structure and Formation - IODP and ODP achievements November 2002 - December 2005, Thematic Review Report Series No. 2, IODP-MI, 2009 (


Workshop Reports

Mantle Frontier Workshop Presentations and Report-- Reaching the Mantle Frontier: Moho and Beyond - A Three-Day Workshop, 9-11 September 2010, Carnegie Institution of Washington

Mission Moho Workshop Reports -- Understanding the Formation and Evolution of the Oceanic Lithosphere September 7-9, 2006, Portland, Oregon, USA, IODP-MI/JOI/Ridge 2000/InterRidge

Melting, Magma, Fluids and Life Workshop report

 icon MMFL_wkshp_rpt_2009_final (2.5 MB)


Journal Articles

Initial Feasibility Study to Drill and Core the Ocean Mantle, Scientific Drilling Journal, No.12, September 2011

The MoHole: A Crustal Journey and Mantle Quest (PDF), Scientific Drilling Journal -- Workshop in Kanazawa, Japan, 3-5 June 2010

Mission Moho Workshop: Drilling Through the Oceanic Crust to the Mantle, Scientific Drilling Journal, No.4, March 2007 

D/V Chikyu: Riser Operations and the Future of Scientific Ocean Drilling, Oceanography, Vol. 19, No. 4, December 2006

The German Continental Deep Drilling Program KTB: Overview and Major Results, Journal of Geophysical Research, Vol. 102, No. B8, August 1997


Informational Materials

Mantle Quest Brochure (PDF) 


Mantle Drilling Special Symposium -- Professor. Walter H. Munk, Research Professor of Geophysics, Emeritus, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, 7 November, 2012 , Tokyo, Japan

Recently in the News

 CNN lab -- The $1 billion mission to reach the Earth's mantle (October 1, 2012)

New Scientist -- Mission to the mantle: Drilling through Earth's crust (July 03, 2012)

Science News -- By land or by sea in the earth sciences' 'space race' (August 13, 2011)

National Geographic -- Scientists to Drill Earth's Mantle, Retrieve First Sample? (March 23, 2011)


IODP Photo Gallery

Core from Great Barrier Reef
Core from Great Barrier Reef
Scientists in Core Lab
Scientists in Core Lab
Vessel MSP Sunrise
Vessel MSP Sunrise