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... BACKGROUND The National Science Foundation's proposed new program of scientific ocean drilling was conceived in the mid-1970's as a follow-on to its highly successful Deep Sea Drilling Project (DSDP)
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... It was this latter objective that originally led to the name "Ocean Margin Drilling Program," even though drilling along the margins was but a fraction of the total program. The unknown potential of the continental margins for oil and gas production meant that the new program could benefit the search for resources as well as the pursuit of pure science.
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