Large Igneous Province Workshop

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An IODP International Workshop
July 21-26, 2007, Coleraine, Northern Ireland

Workshop sponsored by
IODP-MI and JOI



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bullet.gif Meeting Logistics
bullet.gif Workshop Deliverables Click here to download white paper on LIPS, July 2008.
bullet.gif Links to Earlier Planning Documents
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Workshop Background

 

 

Large igneous provinces (LIPs), encompassing oceanic plateaus, magma dominated 'volcanic' continental margins, submarine ridges, flood basalts in ocean basins, and continental flood basalts on land, constitute a first-order problem in Earth science. The origin(s) of LIPs and the processes involved in their formation are critically important for understanding mantle and crustal geodynamics. Investigating relationships between LIP emplacement and global environmental change are crucial for advancing our understanding of the Earth system. The IODP Initial Science Plan Earth, Oceans, and Life highlights LIPs as a high-priority initiative for IODP. The major goal of this LIP workshop is to develop strategies for achieving a better understanding through scientific ocean drilling of both solid Earth processes and changes in Earth's environment associated with LIP emplacement. The proposed workshop will be the first comprehensive examination of the role of ocean drilling in understanding the origin(s) of LIPs and links between their emplacement and environmental changes since the 1990 JOI/USSAC workshop 'Large Igneous Provinces'.

 

 




Purpose of the Workshop

 


Scientific ocean drilling has played a pivotal role in advancing our knowledge of LIPs. Nevertheless, awareness of the tremendous opportunities offered by the new riser vessel Chikyu , the more capable riserless scientific ocean drilling vessel, and mission specific platforms needs to be raised significantly in the scientific community. The prospect of deeper basement penetrations of LIPs, of shallow water drilling, and of improved recovery of alternating hard (e.g., chert) and soft (e.g., chalk) sediments has excited individual and small groups of researchers, but has not been considered by a broad, multidisciplinary group of scientists formulating coherent strategies to advance LIP research. The proposed workshop will provide a forum for educating the community about new drilling, logging, and borehole monitoring capabilities, as well as new site surveying capabilities (e.g., R/V Langseth and commercial 3D seismic), and foster discussion of the optimal ways and targets to utilize them on the frontiers of LIP science. Developing new approaches and strategies for drilling, and combinations thereof, to address the outstanding scientific problems posed by LIPs will be a major goal of the workshop.

 

 




Workshop Structure and Agenda

 


The workshop will comprise three days of meetings and a one-day field trip to spectacular exposures of the Tertiary North Atlantic large igneous province in Antrim, including Giant's Causeway. The meetings will be a mix of invited keynote addresses, short presentations by all participants who wish to speak, and breakout sessions. It is expected that the workshop will result in a short EOS meeting report and a longer, comprehensive workshop report that describes the scientific objectives, presents a drilling strategy for addressing those objectives, and identifies technological and engineering requirements.

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Steering Committee

 


Mike Coffin (co-chair)

Ocean Research Institute
University of Tokyo, Japan

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Clive Neal (co-chair)
Department of Civil Engineering & Geological Sciences
University of Notre Dame, USA

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Tim Bralower
Department of Geosciences
Penn State University, USA

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Bob Duncan
College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences
Oregon State University, USA

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Olav Eldholm
Department of Earth Science
University of Bergen, Norway

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Elisabetta Erba
Department of Earth Sciences
University of Milan, Italy

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Cinzia Farnetani
Institut de Physique du Globe
Laboratoire de Dynamique des Fluides Geologiques, France

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Godfrey Fitton
School of GeoSciences
University of Edinburgh, UK

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James Head
Department of Geological Sciences
Brown University, USA

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Stephanie Ingle
School of Ocean & Earth Science and Technology
University of Hawaii, USA

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Nao Ohkouchi
Institute for Research on Earth Evolution
Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science Technology, Japan

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Mike Rampino
Earth & Environmental Science Program
New York University, USA

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Marc K. Reichow
Department of Geology
University of Leicester, UK

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Stephen Self
Department of Earth Sciences
The Open University, UK

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Yoshiyuki Tatsumi
Institute for Research on Earth Evolution
Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science Technology, Japan

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Dapeng Zhao
Research Center for Prediction of Earthquakes and Volcanic Eruptions
Tohoku University, Japan

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IODP-MI workshop liaison
Kelly Kryc
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JOI workshop liaison
Charna Meth
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Meeting Logistics

 

The workshop will convene in Coleraine, Northern Ireland, July 21-26, 2007. Participants should plan to arrive in Belfast on July 21 and depart on July 26. Round-trip transportation from Belfast to Coleraine will be provided by the workshop conveners. The workshop will be held at the Coleraine campus of the University of Ulster and will include a one-day field trip to spectacular exposures of the Tertiary North Atlantic large igneous province, including Giant's Causeway and the Carrickarede volcano. Accommodations for participants will be in Cranagh Village on the university campus ( http://www.ulster.ac.uk/accommodation/ccampus.html ).

More information will be provided to invited participants as soon as it is available.

 

 




Workshop Deliverables

 

 

bullet.gif icon "Investigating LIPs Formation and Associated Paleoenvironmental Events: a White Paper for Scientific Drilling," (6 Mb) July 2008.

 

 




Links to Earlier Planning Documents

 


bullet.gif icon 1990 LIPs Workshop Report (8.03 MB)
bullet.gif icon ILP Volcanic Margins Report (1.27 MB)
bullet.gif icon ODP Highlights LIP Effect (108.71 KB)