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DCO Research Erosion Greased the Wheels of Plate Tectonics

Sediments from erosion reduce the friction when one tectonic plate sinks beneath another into the mantle. This also may be true in Earth’s past, and a new hypothesis proposes that sediments helped…

Karen Lloyd 2019 TED Talk
DCO Highlights VIDEO: Karen Lloyd TED Talk, April 2019

Microbiologist Karen Lloyd takes us on a trip to the volcanoes and hot springs of Costa Rica, shining a light on subterranean organisms and how they could have a profound impact on life at Earth's…

DCO Highlights The ENIGMA of Protein Evolution

The Evolution of Nanomachines in Geospheres and Microbial Ancestors (ENIGMA) project has received a $6 million grant from the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to investigate…

DCO Research A New Mineral Classification System

Could a new classification system that accounts for minerals’ distinct journeys help us better understand mineralogy as a process of universal and planetary evolution?

DCO ABOVE Expedition
DCO Highlights DCO ABOVE Expedition Blog

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.

 Solving Subduction Zone ‘Headaches’
DCO Research Solving Subduction Zone ‘Headaches’

A new way of determining the amount of carbon entering a subduction zone, where an oceanic plate sinks beneath a continental plate, could lead to better estimates of the global movement of carbon…

Methane-Eating Microbes
DCO Research Keeping Tabs on Methane-Eating Microbes

Anaerobic methanotrophs are a group of microbes that consume methane and live a low-energy lifestyle in oxygen-free environments. A new study shows that measuring the ratio of rare isotopes of…

When Pressure Builds Too Fast, Ice Gets Stuck in ‘Glassy’ Form
DCO Research ‘Glassy’ Ice is Experimental Side Effect

At high pressures and low temperature, water can form amorphous ice – a non-crystallized ‘glass-like’ solid that researchers had thought was related to supercooled water. New research, however, shows…

DCO Highlights Earth 4D: Water, Life, and Space through Time

DCO collaborator Barbara Sherwood Lollar and fellow program director Jack Mustard have launched Earth 4D – Subsurface Science and Exploration, a five-year project supported by the Canadian Institute…

more viruses revealed below the seafloor
DCO Research Many More Viruses Revealed Below the Seafloor

Researchers at JAMSTEC have developed a new method to extract viruses from deep-sea sediments, yielding up to hundreds of times more virus particles than former techniques. The improved method…

stromboli volcano
DCO Research New Book on Volcanic Plumes

A new open-access book entitled “Volcanic Plumes: Impacts on the Atmosphere and Insights into Volcanic Processes” describes new discoveries and research methodologies in the study of volcanic plumes.

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