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2019 Year of Carbon
DCO Highlights 2019 Designated as the "Year of Carbon"

The Geological Society of London has designated 2019 as the “Year of Carbon.” Throughout the year, the Society will explore the geoscience of carbon through research conferences, public lectures,…

2018 DCO Year in Review
DCO Highlights Deep Carbon Observatory 2018

Highlights of DCO activities in 2018 are captured in a presentation prepared by the DCO Secretariat.

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DCO Research Copper Trapped Inside Volcanic Crystals

Using rocks erupted from San Cristóbal volcano, researchers analyzed the contents of shrinkage bubbles inside melt inclusions, which form within olivine crystals as they cool inside rising volcanic…

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DCO Research Mars-Sized Body Delivered Earth’s Carbon

Researchers propose that a planetary body the size of Mars crashed into early Earth, simultaneously delivering a mix of volatile elements necessary for life and creating the Moon. The hypothesis is…

DCO Research A Step Toward Modeling Subsurface Carbonatites

Using high-temperature and high-pressure experiments, researchers have determined the conditions causing calcium carbonate to take the form of calcite, aragonite, or a liquid. This represents a major…

DCO Highlights Goldschmidt 2019: Sessions of Special Interest to DCO

The 29th Goldschmidt Conference will take place at the Center Convencions Internacional Barcelona (CCIB) in Barcelona, Spain, from 18-23 August 2019.

DCO Research Clumped Isotopologues Reveal Methane’s Origins

New tools that detect heavier forms of methane with “clumped isotopologues” can indicate a gas sample’s source and the temperature when it formed. More studies, however, will be needed to tease apart…

DCO Highlights DCO at the 2018 AGU Fall Meeting

More than 28,000 scientists gathered in the US capital for the 2018 AGU Fall Meeting. As in past years, deep carbon science featured prominently throughout the conference, with DCO researchers…

DCO Research First Study of Deccan Traps Microbes

For the first time, scientists have drilled deep into the Deccan Traps, a giant, 65-million-year-old lava flow in Western India, and the 2.5 billion-year-old rock beneath. DCO scientists from Indian…

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DCO Research The Growth of Seafloor Carbonates in Deep Time

EarthByte researchers combined their model of plate tectonics with records of carbonate layers logged from cores collected during scientific ocean drilling expeditions. Together, these resources…

DCO Research Baltic Microbes Have a Taste for Alcohol

In the carbon-rich sediments of the Baltic Sea, microbes use a variety of strategies to make a living from different types of organic material that have settled there, including making and consuming…

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