As of mid-1978, some 480 papers have appeared on the biostratigraphy of DSDP cores, and the collections of the Project now constitute the basis for a major part of the totality of biostratigraphic studies of pelagic sequences. At least 1,249 new microfossil taxa have been described from DSDP cores. Studies based on the cores from several cruise-legs (as contrasted with single legs) have not increased as rapidly as expected. This remains a field for future exploitation, during which there will be an opportunity to develop further the quantitative aspects, which are inadequate in the biostratigraphic investigations hitherto published.
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At the present the Glomar Challenger has drilled over 500 holes over the world ocean, involving hundreds of scientists from dozens of countries. This volume is intended as a review of some of theimportant results from the most comprehensive, ambitious and successful earth-bound geologic project ever undertaken. The symposium upon which this volume originated was held April 4, 1979 at the SEPM/AAPG Annual Meeting in Houston. No comprehensive synthesis of all aspects of the DSDP has appeared, and the topic coverage in this volume is biased towards the sediments and fossils, and their significance for certain aspects of earth history – paleogeography, bathymetry, climatology, oceanography, ecology, environments – all in keeping with the audience of sedimentary geologists.