Deep sea cores reveal new insights into breakup and continental drift

It is noteworthy that within the 50-year anniversary of the theory of plate tectonics, scientific ocean drilling can continue to unearth new and fundamental knowledge on how continents part and plates move tectonically. A study based on drill cores from the South China Sea (SCS) obtained by the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP, was recently published in the scientific journal Nature Geoscience (, confirming predictions by the plate tectonic paradigm regarding the process of continental breakup – the initial step within the plate tectonic cycle.  Read More