April 2019 Newsletter

From the Deep, a monthly newsletter from DCO
April 2019
Deep Carbon Observatory
Louise Kellogg
Scientists from around the world pay tribute to Louise Kellogg, principal investigator of DCO's Modeling and Visualization Forum for Deep Carbon and a member of the DCO Executive Committee, who passed away earlier this month. Photo courtesy of the University of California Davis, USA.

Letter from the Director

The Deep Carbon Observatory mourns the loss of Louise Kellogg, who passed away on 15 April 2019 at age 59. A renowned geophysicist, Louise was principal investigator of DCO’s Modeling and Visualization Forum for Deep Carbon and a member of the DCO Executive Committee. The universe of science has lost a shining star, brilliant colleague, and dear friend. 

DCO’s Biology Meets Subduction team made a major contribution to our understanding of Earth’s deep carbon cycle. In an article published in Nature, they demonstrate that a forearc carbon sink sequesters a large fraction of the carbon released at convergent plate boundaries and reduces long-term volatile recycling into Earth’s mantle. Peter Barry, Maarten de Moor, Donato Giovannelli, and Karen Lloyd are among the paper’s 37 authors from 27 institutions in 7 countries. 

In a related development, DCO scientists Manuel Menzel and Carlos Garrido published two papers on the fate of carbon in subducting oceanic plates

Karen Smit and Steven Shirey of DCO’s Reservoirs and Fluxes Community are the lead authors of a paper in Science that proposes different mechanisms for the stabilization of continents based on mass-independently fractionated sulfur isotopes in diamonds. 

Another DCO paper on the isotopic composition of diamonds by Kan Li, Long Li, Graham Pearson, and Thomas Stachel indicates that altered igneous oceanic crust dominates deep carbon recycling

DCO’s Maria Luce Frezzotti is the lead editor of a thematic set of six papers on Carbon forms, paths, and processes in the Earth in the Journal of the Geological Society. These open access papers, which have more than a dozen DCO co-authors, are based on lectures at the Lake Como (Italy) School of Advanced Studies in 2017. 

Rajdeep Dasgupta is principal investigator of CLEVER Planets (Cycles of Life Essential Volatile Elements in Rocky Planets), which is dedicated to unraveling the conditions of planetary habitability in the Solar System and exoplanetary systems. CLEVER planets is supported by a $7.7 million NASA grant and involves fellow DCO researchers Laurence Yeung, Kyusei Tsuno, Damanveer Grewal, Tom McCollom, and Bernard Marty. Initial results include a series of papers on carbon and other volatile elements. 

A DCO news release has generated news stories in 16 countries and three languages about the Deep Energy Community’s research on abiotic methane.

We encourage you to nominate DCO colleagues for awards conferred by the Mineralogical Society of America (deadline 1 June 2019)—including the Roebling Medal, Dana Medal, MSA Award, Public Service Medal, and MSA Fellowship—and European Geosciences Union (deadline 15 June 2019). Please nominate deserving early career scientists for the DCO Emerging Leader Awards (deadline 1 July 2019).

Congratulations to Barbara Sherwood Lollar on her election as a Fellow of the Royal Society and to Ding Pan for receiving a Croucher Innovation Award

We look forward to sharing additional highlights as we approach the culmination of the initial DCO decadal program and develop plans to launch the next decade of deep carbon science. 


Craig Schiffries, DCO Director
Carnegie Institution for Science, Geophysical Laboratory
Washington DC, USA

News Features

DCO Community Pays Tribute to Louise Kellogg
Distinguished Professor Louise Kellogg (University of California Davis, USA), passed away on April 15, 2019. "Louise served on the DCO Executive Committee and DCO Synthesis Group 2019. True to form, Louise’s contributions extended far beyond her formal roles and titles. She welcomed the opportunities and challenges of integrating geodynamics with geochemistry. Louise was also an inspirational mentor to early career scientists around the world. The universe of science has lost a shining star, brilliant colleague, and dear friend." Craig Schiffries, Director, Deep Carbon Observatory. Read more...

Could Microbes be the Gatekeepers of Earth’s Deep Carbon? 
In 2017, an interdisciplinary group of early career scientists visited Costa Rica’s subduction zone, where the ocean floor sinks beneath the continent, to find out if subterranean microbes can affect geological processes that move carbon from Earth’s surface into the deep interior. According to their new study in Nature, the answer is yes. The study shows that microbes consume and trap a small but measurable amount of the carbon sinking into the trench off Costa Rica’s Pacific coast. The microbes may also be involved in chemical processes that pull out even more carbon, leaving cement-like veins of calcite in the crust. These unexpected findings have important implications for how much carbon moves from Earth’s surface into the interior, especially over geological timescales. The research is part of the Deep Carbon Observatory’s Biology Meets Subduction project and included DCO members Peter Barry (formerly at University of Oxford, UK, now at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA), Maarten de Moor (National University of Costa Rica), Donato Giovannelli (University of Naples Federico II, Italy), and Karen Lloyd (University of Tennessee Knoxville, USA), among many others. Read more...

Diamonds Reveal how Continents are Stabilized, Key to Earth’s Habitability
The longevity of Earth’s continents in the face of destructive tectonic activity is an essential geologic backdrop for the emergence of life on our planet. This stability depends on the underlying mantle attached to the landmasses. New research by DCO collaborators Steven Shirey, (Carnegie Institution for Science, USA), Erik Hauri (deceased, formerly of Carnegie Institution for Science, USA), and colleagues, published in the journal Science, demonstrates that diamonds can be used to reveal how a buoyant section of mantle beneath some of the continents became thick enough to provide long-term stability. About 150 to 200 kilometers, 93 to 124 miles, beneath the surface, geologic formations called mantle keels act as stabilizers for the continental crust. The material that comprises them must thicken, stabilize, and cool under the continent to form a strong, buoyant keel that is fundamental for preserving the surface landmass against the relentless destructive forces of Earth’s tectonic activity. But how this is accomplished has been a matter of debate in the scientific community. Read more...

Volcanic Rocks Will Do, When Studying Biggest Carbon Emitters
Volcanologists have made amazing progress in measuring the carbon dioxide escaping from volcanoes worldwide. But some volcanoes – including some that may be the biggest emitters of carbon dioxide – remain inaccessible due to geographical, political, or safety reasons. Without data from these volcanoes, it is difficult to make accurate global estimates of volcanic gas emissions. In a new paper in Scientific Reports, DCO researchers figured out a way to fill in those gaps in the data using rocks from hard-to-access volcanoes. Reservoirs and Fluxes Community members used trace element measurements from volcanic rocks, combined with sulfur dioxide emissions detected by satellites, and carbon emission data from similar volcanoes, to estimate the carbon released by remote volcanoes. Alessandro Aiuppa (Università di Palermo, Italy), Tobias Fischer (University of New Mexico, USA), Terry Plank (Columbia University, USA), and Philipson Bani (Université Blaise Pascal - CNRS -IRD, France) estimate that, all together, these previously “unmeasured” volcanoes release about 11.4 megatons of carbon each year. Read more...

Studies of Exhumed Seafloor Show Fate of Subducting Carbon
Ocean floor is born when lava wells out of underwater volcanoes along mid-ocean ridges. It slowly crawls across the globe due to the movement of other plates, picking up water and carbon-containing minerals through weathering along the way. Then it ends its life by plunging into the mantle beneath another tectonic plate through a process called subduction. We know that the subduction of ocean plates is a major sink of surface carbon because it transports carbon to the mantle where it stays over long timescales. Scientists, however, are still working on the finer details of how much of that accumulated carbon stays in the mantle, and how much dissolves or melts and washes up to the surface, where it gets stuck in the crust or escapes through nearby volcanoes. These are exactly the details that DCO scientists Manuel Menzel and Carlos Garrido (both from the Spanish Research Council and the University of Granada, Spain) are trying to figure out. In two new papers (published in the Journal of Metamorphic Geology and Lithos), they and their colleagues investigate what happens to the carbon in the subducting edge of an ocean plate, called the slab. Their findings can help researchers to improve their estimates of the fluxes of carbon moving in and out of the mantle in similar locations worldwide. Read more...

Eclogitic Diamonds Formed From Oceanic Crust, Study Shows
Diamonds are found in two types of rocks from Earth’s mantle: peridotite and eclogite. Peridotite is the most common type of mantle rock. Eclogite forms from igneous oceanic crust that together with a thin veneer of overlying marine sediment has been brought deep into the mantle through a process known as subduction. Many researchers thought eclogitic diamonds formed from the carbon contained in marine sediments, a large carbon reservoir. A new study, published in Earth and Planetary Science Letters, however, suggests the carbon in eclogitic diamonds originated as carbonates in the underlying ocean crust. The study involved DCO collaborators Long Li, Graham Pearson, and Thomas Stachel (all at the University of Alberta, Canada). Read more...

DCO Press Release: Rewriting the Textbook on Fossil Fuels
Experts say scientific understanding of deep hydrocarbons has been transformed, with new insights gained into the sources of energy that could have catalyzed and nurtured Earth’s earliest forms of life. During the past hundred years scientists worked out in detail how hydrocarbons — “fossil fuels” drawn from reservoirs in Earth’s crust to heat and power homes, vehicles, and industry — have a biotic origin, derived from the buried plants, animals, and algae of eons past. But for some hydrocarbons, especially methane — the colorless, odorless main ingredient in natural gas — it is now known that nature has many recipes, some of which are “abiotic” — derived not from the decay of prehistoric life, but created inorganically by geological and chemical processes deep within the Earth. Read more...

Open Access Thematic Set of Lecture Notes Complements Lake Como PhD School on “Carbon forms, paths, and processes in the Earth”
A thematic set of six papers celebrates the science presented at the PhD School of Milano Bicocca, “Carbon forms, paths, and processes in the Earth,” which took place from 15-20 October 2017 at the Lake Como School of Advanced Studies, Villa del Grumello, Como, Italy. The papers are available in open access format in The Journal of the Geological Society. The collection, edited by Maria Luce Frezzotti (University of Milano Bicocca, Italy) and Igor M. Villa (Universitat Bern, Switzerland), comprises lecture notes from presenters at the school. Topics covered include the structure of carbon allotropes, geodynamics of carbon transport in the deep Earth, carbon fixation at mantle conditions, carbon degassing by ascending magmas, and the vast tectonic degassing of carbon at Earth's surface. Read more... 

‘CLEVER Planets’ Project Aims to Discover How to Create Habitable Planets
The start of the deep carbon cycle on Earth was vital to creating a planet where life could evolve and thrive, but carbon doesn’t tell the whole story. The recycling, distribution, and storage of other bio-essential elements, including nitrogen, oxygen, sulfur, phosphorus, and hydrogen, also play a crucial role in making a planet habitable. With the formation of the CLEVER Planets (Cycles of Life Essential Volatile Elements in Rocky Planets) project, Rajdeep Dasgupta (Rice University, USA) is leading a multidisciplinary initiative to understand how these various chemical cycles function and interact to create a surface environment amenable to life on Earth and other rocky planets. In late 2018 Dasgupta received a five-year, $7.7 million grant from NASA’s Science Mission Directorate and also became part of their Nexus for Exoplanet System Science network, a collection of research groups studying the potential for life on planets outside our solar system. The initiative includes fellow DCO researchers Laurence Yeung, Kyusei Tsuno, Damanveer Grewal, (all at Rice University, USA), Tom McCollom (University of Colorado Boulder, USA), and Bernard Marty (Centre de Recherches Pétrographiques et Géochimiques, France). Read more...

DCO ABOVE Expedition: Updates from the Field
DCO ABOVE (Aerial-based Observations of Volcanic Emissions) is the second part of a DCO-funded project to explore volcanic emissions in Papua New Guinea using cutting-edge drone technologies. Led by Emma Liu of the University of Cambridge, UK, the expedition will see an international team of scientists collaborating with local volcano observatories to investigate these strongly degassing volcanoes. The team will be in the field throughout May and into early June of 2019. Read more...

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: 2019 DCO Emerging Leader Awards
The Deep Carbon Observatory invites all members of the DCO community to submit nominations for the 2019 DCO Emerging Leader Awards. These awards, which have been bestowed annually since 2015, honor DCO early career scientists for distinguished performance and unique potential as leaders of the deep carbon science community. Award recipients will receive a certificate and a slab of carbonated Oman ophiolite in a beautiful display box, and will be highlighted on the DCO website. Read more...

Upcoming Events

Second Geobiology Society Conference, Banff, Canada, 9-13 June 2019
A major goal of this conference is to facilitate bridge-building across disparate fields within geobiology, particularly from the geological and biological ends of the spectrum. 

Geobiology 2019, Owens Valley, Caltech, Wrigley Marine Institute, California, USA, 10 June - 14 July 2019
Now entering its 16th year, the International Geobiology Course is an intense, multidisciplinary summer course exploring the coevolution of Earth and its biosphere, with an emphasis on how microbial processes affect the environment and leave imprints on the rock record. 

CIDER 2019 Summer Program: Volcanoes, University of California, Berkeley, USA, 17 June-12 July 2019
The CIDER (Cooperative Institute for Dynamic Earth Research) 2019 summer program focuses on volcano science. CIDER's collaborative and interdisciplinary nature provides an ideal venue to expose students and postdocs to the rich developments in volcano science, to help synthesize ongoing work in volcanic systems, and to help develop new research teams and research directions. 

ICDP Training Course on Downhole Measurements, Kuopio/Outokumpu, Finland, 24-28 June 2019
The International Continental Scientific Drilling Program training course will encompass the different technical and scientific aspects of downhole measurements and their analysis in scientific drilling, including borehole logging under various conditions and scientific demands, seismic borehole measurements, downhole hydraulic tests, fluid logging and sampling, and fibre optical methods. 

AbSciCon 2019, Bellevue, WA, USA, 24-28 June 2019
AbSciCon 2019 is the next in a series of conferences organized by the astrobiology community. The theme for AbSciCon 2019 is “Understanding and Enabling the Search for Life on Worlds Near and Far.” 

Goldschmidt 2019, Barcelona, Spain, 18-23 August 2019
Goldschmidt is the foremost annual, international conference on geochemistry and related subjects, organized by the European Association of Geochemistry and the Geochemical Society. Early registration deadline: 18 June 2019

YES Congress 2019, Berlin, Germany, 9-13 September 2019
The YES (Young Earth Scientists) Network is an international association of young and early career Earth scientists. The Congress focuses on climate, environmental, and geoscience challenges facing today’s society, as well as career and academic pathway challenges faced by early career geoscientists. 

2019 GSA Annual Meeting, Phoenix, AZ, USA, 22-25 September 2019 
The annual meeting of the Geological Society of America will take place in Phoenix, Arizona, and includes opportunities for local field experiences. Abstract submission deadline: 25 June 2019

Fourth Microbial Single Cell Genomics Workshop, Single Cell Genomics Center, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, Boothbay Harbor, ME, USA, 22-26 September 2019
This workshop will explore microbial single cell genomics and related areas, such as bioinformatics, single cell RNA-sequencing of multicellular organisms, single cell physiology, probing, and imaging. 

Deep Carbon 2019: Launching the next decade of deep carbon science, Washington, DC, USA, 24-26 October 2019
Deep Carbon 2019 will highlight DCO’s many scientific advances, representing the culmination of ten years of deep carbon research, exploration, and discovery. 

2019 AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, USA, 9-13 December 2019 
As AGU marks its Centennial in 2019, the Fall Meeting returns to San Francisco, the home of the Fall Meeting for more than 40 years. 

Honors and Awards

Barbara Sherwood Lollar, Deep Energy
University of Toronto, Canada
Fellow of the Royal Society

Ding Pan, Extreme Physics and Chemistry
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Croucher Innovation Award

Award Nomination Deadlines

2020 Mineralogical Society of America (MSA) Award
The MSA Award is intended to recognize outstanding published contributions to the science of mineralogy by relatively young individuals or individuals near the beginning of their professional careers. Nomination deadline: 1 June 2019

2020 Roebling Medal
The Roebling Medal is the highest award of the MSA for scientific eminence as represented primarily by scientific publication of outstanding original research in mineralogy. Nomination deadline: 1 June 2019

2020 Dana Medal
The Dana Medal, awarded by the MSA, is intended to recognize sustained outstanding scientific contributions through original research in the mineralogical sciences by an individual in the midst of his or her career. Service to the mineralogical sciences, administrative accomplishments, and teaching are considered of secondary merit. Nomination deadline: 1 June 2019

2020 MSA Distinguished Public Service Medal
The Distinguished Public Service Medal is awarded by the MSA Council to individuals or organizations who have made important contributions to furthering the vitality of the geological sciences, especially but not necessarily in the fields of mineralogy, geochemistry, petrology, and crystallography. Nomination deadline: 1 June 2019

2020 Fellowship in the Mineralogical Society of America 
Members who have contributed significantly to the advancement of mineralogy, crystallography, geochemistry, petrology, or allied sciences and whose scientific contribution utilized mineralogical studies or data, may be designated as Fellows upon proper accreditation by the Committee on Nomination for Fellows and election by the Council. Recipients of the Roebling Medal and MSA Award automatically become Fellows. Nomination deadline: 1 June 2019 

2020 EGU Awards and Medals
The European Geosciences Union (EGU) awards and medals program recognizes every year eminent scientists for their outstanding research contribution in the Earth, planetary, and space sciences, and identifies the awardees as role models for the next generation of early career scientists to foster geosciences research. Nomination deadline: 15 June 2019 

Funding Opportunities

Simons Postdoctoral Fellowships in Marine Microbial Ecology
The Simons Foundation invites applications for postdoctoral fellowships to support research on fundamental problems in marine microbial ecology. The foundation is particularly interested in applicants with training in different fields who want to apply their experience to understanding the role of microorganisms in shaping ocean processes, and vice versa, as well as applicants with experience in modeling or theory development. While these cross-disciplinary applicants will receive particular attention, applicants already involved in ocean research are also encouraged to apply. The foundation anticipates awarding five fellowships in 2019. Application deadline: 14 June 2019

Deep Life Cultivation Internship Program
DCO's Deep Life Community (DLC) realizes that the majority of deep microbial life has been resistant to cultivation in the laboratory, which complicates the characterization of physiological characteristics of deep community members. However, recent studies using bioreactor-cultivation techniques, under high pressure and/or temperature, have resulted in successful enrichment of previously uncultivable archaeal and bacterial components that mediate biogeochemical carbon cycling in the deep subsurface. To maintain and strengthen cultivation strategies in future deep life missions, the DLC will support early career researchers to visit some key laboratories (Inagaki - Kochi, Japan, Bartlett - La Jolla, USA, and others) to learn and practice newly developed cultivation and cultivation-dependent molecular/biogeochemical techniques, using samples from the DLC’s field missions.

C-DEBI: Rolling Call for Research Exchange Proposals
The Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations (C-DEBI) facilitates scientific coordination and collaborations by supporting student, postdoctoral, and faculty exchanges to build, educate, and train the deep subseafloor biosphere community. We award small research exchange grants for Center participants. These grants may be used to support research, travel for presenting C-DEBI research at meetings, or travel exchanges to other partner institutions or institutions that have new tools and techniques that can be applied to C-DEBI research. We anticipate ~10 awards of $500-5,000 with additional matched funds to be granted annually. 

New Publications

View more papers in the DCO publications browser.

Forearc carbon sink reduces long-term volatile recycling into the mantle
Peter H. Barry, J. Maarten de Moor, Donato Giovannelli, Matthew Schrenk, Daniel Hummer, Taryn Lopez, Catherine A. Pratt, Yemerith Alpízar Segura, Angelo Battaglia, Patrick Beaudry, Giulio Bini, Monserrat Cascante, Giuseppe d’Errico, Marco di Carlo, Danielle Fattorini, Katherine Fullerton, Esteban Gazel, Gino González, Sæmundur A. Halldórsson, Kayla Iacovino, Justin T. Kulongoski, Elena Manini, Maria Martínez, Heather Miller, Mayuko Nakagawa, Shuhei Ono, Sushmita Patwardhan, Carlos J. Ramírez, Francesco Regoli, Francesco Smedile, Steven Turner, Costantino Vetriani, Mustafa Yücel, Christopher J. Ballentine, Tobias P. Fischer, David R. Hilton, and Karen G. Lloyd
Nature doi:10.1038/s41586-019-1131-5

Sulfur isotopes in diamonds reveal differences in continent construction
Karen V. Smit, Steven B. Shirey, Erik H. Hauri, and Richard A. Stern
Science doi:10.1126/science.aaw9548

CO2 flux emissions from the Earth’s most actively degassing volcanoes, 2005–2015
Alessandro Aiuppa, Tobias P. Fischer, Terry Plank, and Philipson Bani 
Scientific Reports doi:10.1038/s41598-019-41901-y

Diamond isotope compositions indicate altered igneous oceanic crust dominates deep carbon recycling
Kan Li, Long Li, D. Graham Pearson, and Thomas Stachel
Earth and Planetary Science Letters doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2019.03.041

Carbon Forms, Paths, and Processes in the Earth 
Guest Editors: Maria Luce Frezzotti and Igor M. Villa
Journal of the Geological Society of London (Thematic Set)

Subduction metamorphism of serpentinite‐hosted carbonates beyond antigorite‐serpentinite dehydration (Nevado‐Filábride Complex, Spain)
Manuel D. Menzel, Carlos J. Garrido, Vicente López Sánchez‐Vizcaíno, Károly Hidas, and Claudio Marchesi
Journal of Metamorphic Geology doi:10.1111/jmg.12481

Carbonation of mantle peridotite by CO2-rich fluids: the formation of listvenites in the Advocate ophiolite complex (Newfoundland, Canada)
Manuel D.Menzel, Carlos J.Garrido, Vicente López Sánchez-Vizcaíno, Claudio Marchesi, Károly Hidas, Monica P.Escayola, and Antonio Delgado Huertas
Lithos doi:10.1016/j.lithos.2018.06.001

Employment Opportunities

View more employment opportunities on the DCO website.

Analytical Laboratory Manager - Marine Science Institute, University of California Santa Barbara, USA
Under the general guidance of the Director of the Marine Science Institute (MSI), the Analytical Laboratory Manager is responsible for the full range of activities of MSI's research laboratory services located in the Analytical Laboratory. Management responsibilities encompass overall responsibility for management of staff and equipment used in conducting complex and high volume chemical analyses. Application deadline: 1 May 2019 

Research Faculty - University of New Hampshire, USA
The successful applicant can expect to interact with faculty from the life sciences, ocean engineering, Earth sciences, and oceanography as well as the social sciences and humanities to address critical coastal and marine science problems in new and coordinated ways. While primarily a research appointment, graduate level teaching and research interaction with diverse students is encouraged. Application deadline: 1 May 2019 

Staff Associate - Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, USA 
The Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University invites applications from qualified candidates to join a dynamic team in building and maintaining leading edge digital data systems for Geochemistry/Petrology (EarthChem, Astromaterials Data System). The successful candidate will contribute to improving and documenting data management workflows; designing and testing software applications; organizing educational and outreach activities; and to project management, strategic planning, and new proposals. Application deadline: 5 May 2019 

Research Associate/PostDoc in TEM/STEM - GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences
The Helmholtz Centre Potsdam – GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences is the national research centre for Earth sciences in Germany. We are looking for a new colleague to complement the “Interface-Geochemistry” team led by Prof. Liane G. Benning and to work on in situ mineral formation with a focus on liquid and cryo-cell TEM research. Application deadline: 10 May 2019 

“Fellowship BE-FOR-ERC” - Call for selections for conferral of 5 postdoctoral fellowships - Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
The BE-FOR-ERC Call is part of the “SAPIExcellence” Program, an initiative fielded by Sapienza University to attract the best and most promising researchers by promoting their participation in Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions and European Research Council funding schemes. Application deadline: 14 June 2019 

DCO in the News

26 April 2019 Microbes near volcano chains naturally capture carbon, reducing greenhouse gas
By Kenny Walter for R & D Magazine
New research suggests that subsurface microbes are crucial to storing substantial amounts of carbon underground between coastal trenches and inland chains of volcanoes...

25 April 2019 Diamonds reveal how continents are stabilized, key to Earth's habitability
Science Daily
The longevity of Earth's continents in the face of destructive tectonic activity is an essential geologic backdrop for the emergence of life on our planet...

25 April 2019 Microbes could influence geological processes as much as volcanoes
Tennessee Today
By acting as gatekeepers, microbes can affect geological processes that move carbon from Earth’s surface into its deep interior, according to a study published in Nature and coauthored by microbiologists at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville...

24 April 2019 Major deep carbon sink linked to microbes found near volcano chains
Science Daily
Up to about 19% more carbon dioxide than previously believed is removed naturally and stored underground between coastal trenches and inland chains of volcanoes, keeping the greenhouse gas from entering the atmosphere, according to a new study...

24 April 2019 El "fuego valyrio" existe: científicos explican por qué arden las "llamas eternas" del monte Quimera
ABC Ciencia
En el pasado se pensaba que eran el aliento de monstruos aterradores; ahora se sabe que el metano abiótico y el hidrógeno altamente inflamable suben a la superficie de la Tierra desde lo más profundo...

24 April 2019 Microbes may act as gatekeepers of Earth's deep carbon
Two years ago a team of scientists visited Costa Rica's subduction zone, where the ocean floor sinks beneath the continent and volcanoes tower above the surface...

24 April 2019 Microbes may act as gatekeepers of Earth’s deep carbon
UNM Newsroom
Scientists find subterranean life plays role in removing carbon from subduction zones...

24 April 2019 Eclogitic diamonds formed from oceanic crust
Science Daily
Eclogitic diamonds formed in Earth's mantle originate from oceanic crust, rather than marine sediments as commonly thought, according to a new study...

24 April 2019 Nelson County student headed to state science conference in May
By Erin Conway for the Nelson County Times
One Nelson County student’s love for mineralogy has taken her all over the commonwealth, and now her research has been accepted for presentation during a three-day symposium in Norfolk...

22 April 2019 Decade-long geology project rewrites origins of Earth’s methane
By Roni Dengler for Discover
Turkey’s Mount Chimaera is on fire, and has been for millennia. Dozens of campfire-sized flames burst straight of the mountain’s rocky, sea-facing slope...

22 April 2019 Investigación revela cómo algunos hidrocarburos tienen un origen mineral
Un grupo internacional de científicos del Deep Carbon Observatory anunció este lunes que parte del metano, que hasta ahora se creía tenía un origen biológico, tiene un origen mineral, y es usado como alimento por microbios que viven a grandes profundidades en el subsuelo...

22 April 2019 Explicación geofísica al metano que produce las 'llamas eternas'
Europa Press
Algunos hidrocarburos, especialmente el metano, tienen origen "abiótico", es decir, se crean inorgánicamente por procesos geológicos y químicos en las profundidades de la tierra...

16 April 2019 These microbes deep in the ocean crust may hold clues to the origin of life
By Christopher Burns for Bangor Daily News
Deep in the ocean off the Pacific Northwest colonies of unusual microbes thrive in an environment otherwise hostile to life...

2 April 2019 Scientists take cues from Jules Verne to study life at the 'center of the Earth'
By Cheryl Dybas for the US National Science Foundation
In a modern-day journey to the center of the Earth, scientists are exploring the depths of the Soudan Underground Mine in Minnesota's Vermilion Range...

1 April 2019 Ancient undersea microbes may resemble early life on Earth, other planets
By Mark Floyd for the Tillamook Daily Herald
Far beneath the surface of the ocean off the Pacific Northwest coast of the United States – and nearly a quarter-mile below the seafloor – lives a community of hydrogen-consuming microbes that scientists say are like those in Earth’s early history...

1 April 2019 地下深くに広がる 生命体の森へ(前編)
Nature & Science

Learn more about DCO's Scientific Communities


Extreme Physics and Chemistry
The Extreme Physics and Chemistry Community is dedicated to improving our understanding of the physical and chemical behavior of carbon at extreme conditions, as found in the deep interiors of Earth and other planets.

Reservoirs and Fluxes
The Reservoirs and Fluxes Community is dedicated to identifying the principal deep carbon reservoirs, to determining the mechanisms and rates by which carbon moves among these reservoirs, and to assessing the total carbon budget of Earth.

Deep Energy
The Deep Energy Community is dedicated to developing a fundamental understanding of environments and processes that regulate the volume and rates of production of abiogenic hydrocarbons and other organic species in the crust and mantle through geological time.

Deep Life
The Deep Life Community is dedicated to assessing the nature and extent of the deep microbial and viral biosphere by exploring the evolutionary and functional diversity of Earth's deep biosphere and its interaction with the carbon cycle.

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