July 2010 Newsletter




Both the 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.


  • On June 23rd, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation (DCO's Founding Sponsor) approved significant funding to be awarded to the DCO for instruments related to deep carbon science. Highlights of the awards include $800,000 to UCLA for a high-resolution tandem mass spectrometer, $300,000 to the University of Southern California for an in-situ tool for the search for life in the deep biosphere, $215,000 to the University of New Mexico for volcano monitoring instrumentation, and $100,000 to Stanford University for development of an x-ray nanotomography instrument.  Congratulations to all!
  • Click here for the all of the proposals that were recommended for funding from our first Instrument Fund.


  • The Dark Energy Biosphere Institute (DEBI) Research Coordination Network (RCN) on the deep biosphere funds graduate student exchanges to facilitate collaborations among deep biosphere research groups, with the end goal of building and educating the community.  Between 2-4 awards of $1-3K each will be granted annually for students to spend 1-6 months in a host lab to carry out research activities prohibitively difficult or impossible at their home institutions.  The next deadline for applications is September 1, 2010.


  • A recent discovery, published July 2 in Science, involving the study of Apollo 17 mission samples has found graphite and graphite whiskers in the lunar material.  Using Raman mapping techniques, a team led by Carnegie Institution for Science's Geophysical Laboratory scientists found tiny grains of the carbon phase trapped within a lunar sample from close to the Serenitatis impact basin.
  • For additional information see:  Scientists Find Moon Whiskers


  • To read more about the Gulf of Mexico oil leak, click here for reports from the U.S. Department of Energy and here for updates from the U.S. Department of Interior. 




Back to top