Deep Carbon: Past to Present is an edited volume that tells the story of what our international community of deep carbon scientists has learned over the last decade, including: the magnitudes of fluxes of carbon between reservoirs; the different structural forms of carbon deep in the crust, mantle and core; the nature of carbon-bearing fluids; the extent and form of the deep biosphere; and how this picture of deep carbon has evolved over billions of years. The book includes applications of new instrumentation and monitoring that have arisen from DCO research, as well as links to online digital datasets and visualizations.
Slated for public release in October 2019 by Cambridge University Press, the open-access book showcases the cross-cutting research themes that have led to fundamental shifts in our understanding of the quantities, movements, forms, and origins of carbon in Earth’s system through space and time. As well as summarizing advances made in each area, the book addresses the limits to knowledge for each research topic. Predictions of future developments and questions that remain round out the narrative.
Deep Carbon: Past to Present is more than just a book. Online it will link to datasets, models, and other online content such as videos, images, and infographics. This supplemental material is offered to encourage readership, applicability of knowledge and integration of accompanying materials into curriculum and textbooks. This expansive volume and accompanying materials will be released in conjunction with the Fourth International DCO Science meeting in October 2019.
The open access volume, Carbon in Earth, edited by Robert M. Hazen, Adrian P. Jones, and John A. Baross, may be of particular interest to those awaiting Deep Carbon: Past to Present. Carbon in Earth, published in 2013, is a summary of what had been learned during the first five years of DCO about Earth’s deep carbon. Deep Carbon: Past to Present builds upon this knowledge to reveal what has been learned over the last five years of the decadal program.