List of proposals: Statements of Interest - Post-2003 Scientific Ocean Drilling
Joint Oceanographic Institutions for Deep Earth Sampling
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Gravimetry of the Iberian Margin
Proposal to Drill a Transect in the Gulf of Cadiz,
Eastern Central North Atlantic
Department of Geology and Geophysics
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Woods Hole, MA. 02543
Marine Geology Division
ITGE, Geological Survey of Spain
Rios Rosas 23 
Madrid, Spain 28003
Allen Lowrie
230 FZ Gross Road
Picayune, MS. 39466
(228) 688-5676

Proposal to Drill a Transect in the Gulf of Cadiz, Easter Central North Atlantic and Adquire and Accompanying Suite of Multi-Channel Seismic Data Up to 8-10 Seconds Two-Way Travel Time Penetration 

Objetives: To drill through a marine section including extensive slump and thrust blocks, and debris flows, undelying salt layers, and penetrate basement, identifying it. 

Background: DSDP Site 135 has identified a pelagic and turbidite section. In recent multi-channel seismic data farther inland, large slump blocks and associated down-dip thrusts incorporating allochthonous salt adjacent to the Iberian continental rise until reaching DSDP 135. This gravity-driven complex  apparently extends over 400 km. 

Continental-based geologic interpretations suggest that the western limit of the Gibraltar Arc may extend as far west as the Horseshoe Abyssal plain.Tectonics associated with the Azores Gibraltar lines suggest diferent origin. 
Drilling objetives: Drill at least three scientific well across complex basement of the eastern, central Noth Atlantic and Gulf of Cadiz, overlying salt covered by slump block/debris flows, capped by continental rise and abyssal plain sediments. 

Scientific objetives: There are two-fold scientific objetives 

Collect sediment and basement data to improve seismic sampling and collection of geoacustic processing. The shallowest, most up-dip, well would be designed to drill through an outer continental rise sequence, penetrate up-thrust blocks with possible allochthonous salt and ultimate reach basement of either continental or oceanic origin (Suggested drill hole location 36º N, 7º W) 

A second well could be designed to sample sediment cover, thrust plain, and possible allochthonous salt and determine wheter thrust has incorporated sediment cover into deformation zone  (Suggested drill hole 36ºN, 9-10ºW) 

Third and deepest well is to sample abyssal palin sediment with extensive debris flow material to underlying thrust blocks. Collection of velocity, density, and acoustic attenuation data to be incorporated into final processing of associated multichannel seismic data (Suggested drill hole location 36ºN, 10-11ºW) 

Cross-section along the Gulf of Cadiz with Drills proposed 

TASYO index