1966-Present

Scripps receives a $13.6 million contract from the National Science Foundation for the initial Deep Sea Drilling Project.  A three-year extension adds $22.2 million, and contracts eventually exceed $35 million.  More than 40 years of deep-sea drilling provide scientists invaluable seafloor core samples which revolutionize scientific thinking about the history of Earth and the character of the seafloor.

Timeline Year: 
1966
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6
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