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DCO Highlights Easy and Open Sample Registration

A new grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation will support an international initiative, led by Kerstin Lehnert (Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, USA), to establish an international cross-…

DCO Highlights Video: Oman Drilling Project

The Oman Drilling Project is a collaborative multinational investigation of the Samail Ophiolite, the world’s largest, best-exposed, and most-studied subaerial block of oceanic crust and upper mantle.

DCO Highlights CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: 2018 DCO Emerging Leader Awards

The Deep Carbon Observatory invites all members of the DCO community to submit nominations for the 2018 DCO Emerging Leader Awards.

blue boron-bearing diamond
DCO Research Origin of Blue Diamonds Discovered

DCO researchers analyzed dozens of rare, expensive blue diamonds to find the origin of these elusive gemstones. Mineral inclusions trapped inside the diamonds reveal that the gems have a deep and…

DCO Highlights Oman Drilling Project Core Logging Starts on D/V Chikyu

On 7 July 2018, members of the Oman Drilling Project boarded the drilling vessel Chikyu in Shimizu port, Japan, to begin logging cores collected during Phase Two fieldwork, which took place from No

DCO Research Enceladus Harbors Complex Carbon Compounds

Data from the NASA-ESA Cassini-Huygens mission indicate that Saturn’s moon Enceladus has complex organic molecules floating in its global ocean. The source of these compounds is unknown, but…

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DCO Research Ancient Reefs Contribute to Global Warm Spells

When the movement of tectonic plates pushes buried ancient reefs into contact with subduction zones, it liberates the carbon in the reef, which escapes through volcanoes. These interactions send…

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DCO Research Microbes Thrive Beneath Seafloor Hot Springs

According to a new study of microbes living beneath deep-sea hydrothermal vents, subsurface communities are just as productive as the microbes and animals inhabiting the vent ecosystems above.

4D Workshop Report
DCO Highlights 4D Workshop Report

The 4D Workshop was convened from June 4-6, 2018 to explore ways to advance our understanding of Earth’s complex co-evolving geosphere and biosphere through the collection, analysis, and…

DCO Research Cool Hydrothermal Vents Fuel Sediment Microbes

Lukewarm fluids from cool hydrothermal vent systems supply nitrate and oxygen to microbial communities in overlying sediments.

Ophiolite in Greece
DCO Research Chromitites are Source of Methane

Scientists have long known that springs emerging from mountains made of old seafloor, called ophiolites, hold large amounts of methane. New research suggests that chromitite rocks within the…

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