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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…

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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…

AGU 2018 Fall Meeting
DCO Highlights AGU 2018 Fall Meeting Sessions of Interest

AGU 2018 Fall Meeting abstract submission deadline is 1 August 2018, 11:59 P.M. EDT.

Gordon Research Conference
DCO Highlights Deep Thoughts on Deep Carbon

A diverse, multidisciplinary group of scientists attended the inaugural Gordon Research Conference on Deep Carbon Science, 17-22 June 2018 for five days of lively, provocative discussions.

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DCO Highlights A Hat for Your Thoughts

Serpentinization warrants an article on Wikipedia. Might you lend a hand?

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DCO Research Old Microbes Produce Methane in Mud Volcanoes

An international collaboration of scientists explores the interactions between the deep biosphere and geosphere by drilling into a mud volcano off the coast of Japan.

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DCO Research Volcanic Degassing Refuses to Follow Rules of Equilibrium

When gases escape at mid-ocean ridges, carbon dioxide and heavier noble gases don’t have time to stabilize between the bubbles and the magma. A portion of these gases “miss the bus” and stay behind…

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DCO Research Large Igneous Provinces are a Source and Sink for CO2

Modeling the location of Large Igneous Provinces for the past 400 million years shows that their eruptions and subsequent weathering modulate global climate.

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