Site summaries (continued)

Site SCS-3F

Priority: Primary for backup operations plan
Position: 14°50.196′N, 117°10.08′E
Water depth (m): 4280
Target drilling depth (mbsf): 297
Approved maximum penetration: Approved to basement + 100 m (Estimated total depth = 297 mbsf)
Survey coverage (track map; seismic profile): Bathymetric sketch and site track map (Fig. AF10) Deep-penetration seismic reflection:
• Primary line: BGR08-124 (CDP10110) (Fig. AF14)
• Crossing line: BGR08-123 (CDP19938) (Fig. AF15)
Objectives: Alternate for SCS-3G
• Determine the age of the East Sub-basin
• Date the timing of seafloor spreading cessation in the South China Sea
• Test if the East Sub-basin formed in an area floored by older oceanic crust
• Measure magnetization, mineralization, and geochemical compositions of basement rocks
• Obtain basement rocks to ascertain the causes of sharp magnetic contrasts between different sub-basins
• Study the paleoceanographic response to the opening of the South China Sea
Drilling program: Hole A:
• APC to refusal with nonmagnetic core barrels, core orientation (FlexIT tool), and APCT-3
• XCB to refusal
• Drop FFF
• RCB with nonmagnetic core barrels to 297 mbsf
Downhole logging program: • Triple combo
• FMS-sonic
Nature of rock anticipated: (Calcareous) mudstone, siltstone, sandstone, basalt