Schedule for Expedition 343

Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) Expedition 343 is based largely on IODP drilling Proposal 787 (available at The expedition is scheduled for the D/V Chikyu, operated under contract with the Japanese Implementing Organization, Center for Deep Earth Exploration (CDEX). At the time of publication of this Scientific Prospectus, the expedition is scheduled to depart Shimizu, Japan, on 1 April 2012 and return to the same port on 24 May 2012. A total of 48 days (plus 6 days of transit time) will be available for drilling, logging, coring, and deployment of borehole instrumentation (for the current detailed schedule, see Further details on the Chikyu can be found at