The International Continental Scientific Drilling Program (ICDP) is sponsoring a workshop to develop a full ICDP proposal for scientific drilling in the Samail ophiolite in the Sultanate of Oman. The workshop is being co-sponsored by the Deep Carbon Observatory.
The Samail ophiolite is composed of igneous crust and upper mantle formed at a submarine spreading center, via processes very similar to those at mid-ocean ridges today. Drilling will provide key data on the processes of melt extraction from the mantle, igneous accretion of oceanic crust, and hydrothermal modification of that crust. Drilling will also investigate present day alteration processes, their relationship to the deep biosphere, and their potential for acceleration to achieve carbon capture and storage via in situ mineral carbonation.
Dates: 13-17 Sept. 2012
Location: IBM Dolce Center in Palisades, New York
Steering Committee: Ali Al Rajhi (Oman), Margot Godard (France), Benoit Ildefonse (France), Jurgen Koepke (Germany), Chris MacLeod (UK), Craig Manning (USA), Katsu Michibayashi (Japan), Sobhi Nasir (Oman), Everett Shock (USA), Eiichi Takazawa (Japan), and Damon Teagle (UK).
Application Form: https://adobeformscentral.com/?f=IMatuRhYptotxfnbO%2AIP5g
Application Time Frame: Late April until venue is full (workshop will be limited to 60 participants.)
Workshop Website: http://www.ldeo.columbia.edu/gpg/projects/icdp-workshop-oman-drilling-project
Questions: Peter Keleman, c/o Karen Benedetto
Figure: Alkaline spring in travertine near the village of Falaij in Oman. See Keleman & Matter (2008) and Keleman et al. (2011) for more information