Aug/Sept 2010 Newsletter

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Reaching the Mantle Frontier:  Moho and Beyond

Both the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) and DCO recognize that a longstanding goal of the ocean drilling community--to reach the mantle and in the process penetrate the entire ocean crust and the Mohorovicic discontinuity--will benefit from an opportunity for a broad scientific community to consider the opportunities and challenges of this goal in the context of both scientific and technical perspectives.  The workshop's ultimate goal is to produce a realistic roadmap for penetrating the Moho and reaching the mantle portion of Earth. The workshop attendees will include key scientists and engineers from academia and industries that aspire reaching the mantle in a timeframe of 15-20 years. 

 

C-DEBI Research Announcements

The Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations (C-DEBI) has two research announcements:

1.  C-DEBI Research Support Program - Proposals should be in the range of $50,000 for projects that are relevant to deep biosphere research, and in particular they should complement the scientific program of recent or scheduled IODP drilling expeditions.  For more details, click here.

2.  C-DEBI Postdoctoral Scholar Program - Candidate fellows are encouraged to examine the IODP Expedition Schedule prior to developing their research proposal as all fellowship research is expected to align with the objectives of an IODP Expedition that involves research into the deep biosphere. For more details about the postdoctoral program click here.  
 

20th General Meeting of the International Mineralogical Association

A session related to Deep Carbon was presented at the IMA on August 21 in Budapest, Hungary.  The session was titled "Gas Storage in Minerals" and it considered how minerals react with gases.  Examples include CH4 and CO2, which have important implications for climate change and for the economic potential of energy sources.  Robert Hazen contributed to the meeting with a talk on "Mineralogical co-evolution of the geo- and biosphere."  IMA Link