Exp. 360 Indian Ridge Moho

Expedition Info


The Nature of the Lower Crust and Moho at Slower Spreading Ridges (SloMo)

Proposal #800-Full >>go to the full version

Scientific Prospectus >> To be published


30 November 2015 – 30 January 2016

Drilling Vessel

JOIDES Resolution


Ports (start/end)

Colombo (Sri Lanka) to Port Louis (Mauritius)


Drilling Sites

Scientific Objectives

The Indian Ridge Moho Expedition, the first of a two expedition program based on IODP Proposal 800-Full, will initiate drilling through the Atlantis Bank gabbroic massif 500 m into mantle near ODP Hole 735B. The two major objectives are (1) to recover the lowermost gabbros and crust-mantle transition to understand the processes creating mid-ocean ridge basalt, and (2) to resolve the controversy as to whether the Moho at slow spreading ridges can be a serpentinization front. Additional objectives include constraining the lateral heterogeneity of the lower crust, the nature of magnetic reversals in plutonic rock, as well as the stress-strain evolution of a plate boundary undergoing asymmetric seafloor spreading.

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Support information to be on board

If selected to the Science Party of the expedition, various supports will be provided before and after the expedion for many years.

  1. Pre-cruise Training: Training and meeting before the expedition
  2. IODP Expedition:Travel support for the expedition
  3. After Cruise Work: Core analysis during the moratorium
  4. Research funding after the expedition:Research funding after the expedition up to 3 years.


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Call for application (closed application)

Japan-based scientists may apply to J-DESC.

Application deadline

1 October 2014
Closed the application

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If you are a student,you need to submit recommendation letter from your supervisor.
If you are a master student,onboard adviser will be needed.

Other important information

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Support for shipboard scientists from J-DESC

J-DESC supports Japan-based shipboard scientists. Applications are required to be submitted to J-DESC support to get any support. Please contact us to get the information.


J-DESC Support
E-mail: info_at_j-desc.org
Tel: 045-778-5703