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DCO Research Exhumed Seafloor Shows Carbon’s Fate

Two new studies show that carbonate minerals in subducting ocean plates can dissolve and be funneled toward the surface once they encounter the heat and pressure of the mantle, creating carbon-rich…

DCO Highlights Open Access Thematic Set of Lecture Notes

A thematic set of six papers celebrates the science presented at the PhD School of Milano Bicocca, “Carbon forms, paths, and processes in the Earth.” The papers are available in open access format in…

DCO Highlights CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: 2019 DCO Emerging Leader Awards

The Deep Carbon Observatory invites all members of the DCO community to submit nominations for the 2019 DCO Emerging Leader Awards.

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DCO Highlights Of Meteorites and Mines

The Carbon Mineral Challenge has now documented 28 new carbon minerals since the program’s launch in December 2015.

DCO Highlights Janet Watson Meeting 2019

The Geological Society of London’s 2019 Janet Watson meeting brought together 30 early career scientists to celebrate deep carbon science. The annual Janet Watson meeting showcases the research of…

DCO Research Aquifer Microbes Survive on Limited Diet

Bacteria living on the surface of the mineral olivine inside a deep, subseafloor aquifer rely on the Wood-Ljungdahl pathway, an ancient type of metabolism that uses hydrogen and carbon dioxide to…

DCO Research Extinctions Set the Stage for Life Today

By applying data science techniques to the fossil record, researchers have found evidence for two early extinction events that wiped out the strange organisms populating Earth during the Ediacaran…

DCO Research Simulating chemistry under extreme conditions

A new book edited by Nir Goldman covers several computational approaches to simulate a range of chemical reactions relevant to deep carbon science, from prebiotic chemistry that led to the origin of…

DCO Research Methane Metabolism is Ancient and Widespread

By searching existing metagenomic data to find genes for a key methane metabolism enzyme, researchers identified new and diverse groups of archaea capable of producing or consuming methane. The…

DCO Research Gas Monitoring Warns of Wet Eruptions

DCO researchers used MultiGAS stations and flying drones to monitor gas emissions at Poás volcano in Costa Rica, a “wet” volcano that interacts with a hydrothermal system. They observed clear changes…

DCO Research Earthquakes Move Animals to the Deep

Researchers propose that seismic activity transports freshwater animals into the subsurface along fractures in the rock. This activity could explain the presence of nematodes and other small animals…

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