The Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology
, which is based in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, says the Chikyu is capable of drilling into the sea floor at a depth of up to 7,000 meters.
But conclusions drawn from computer models run at the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology
(JAMEST) suggest that a 4[degrees]C rise in temperature could cause peatlands in Canada, Russia and Alaska to release 40 per cent of the carbon contained in shallow peat deposits and as much as 86 per cent of the carbon stored within deep deposits.
''The world's record is owed to the development of a high-quality fuel cell,'' said Taro Aoki, program director of the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology
, based in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture.
A deep-sea drilling vessel from another state-affiliated organization, the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology
, started drilling in waters about 1,000 meters deep some 70 to 80 kilometers south of the Atsumi Peninsula, the officials said.