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Images: A 'Book' of Ancient Sumatran Tsunamis

Jian Lin (yellow hard hat), a geophysicist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, was U.S. chief scientist aboard two voyages of China's new research vessel in 2005—the first American ever invited to co-lead a Chinese deep-ocean research cruise. He and Professor John Chen of Peking University deploy a Miniature Autonomous Plume Recorder to search for hydrothermal vents. (Photo by Mingyu Mi, China Central Television)

WHOI scientist Jian Lin (right) looks at a sediment core just retrieved from the site of the seafloor earthquake off Sumatra that caused the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Lin hopes the core contains a record of past tsunamis. (Photo by DayangYiHao, science party)

Lin will analyze the sediment cores he retrieved from the seafloor off Sumatra to see if it can reveal a history of earthquakes and tsunamis in the region. (Photo by Tom Kleindinst, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

One year after the 2004 tsunami, with their research vessel above the site of the submarine earthquake that spawned it, Lin and the entire ship's crew participated in a solemn ceremony to commemorate the tsunami?s victims, casting origami cranes and flowers into the waves. (Photo by Hongjie Qiu, Xinhua News Agency)