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October 06, 1987

A San Diego scientist who headed a deep-sea drilling program that confirmed the theory of sea-floor spreading and continental drift has been nominated to become chief scientist of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Melvin Peterson, the geologist who ran the federally funded Deep Sea Drilling Project through the University of California, San Diego, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, was nominated by President Reagan to the third-ranking position in the giant agency, which has an annual budget of $1 billion and a staff of 13,000.

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