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

Drill Pipes (NanTroSEIZE)
Drill Pipes (NanTroSEIZE)
Ocean Hall (Smithsonian Museum 1)
Ocean Hall (Smithsonian Museum 1)