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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…

Deep Life Not Limited to Microbes: Earthquakes Move Surface Animals to the Deep
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…

Earth First Origins Project Seeks To Replicate the Cradle of Life
DCO Highlights Replicating the Cradle of Life

NASA’s Astrobiology Program has awarded a $9 million grant to a research team led by Karyn Rogers, to investigate the environments and conditions on Earth that led to the origin of life.

DCO Highlights Deep Energy Community Convenes for Final Meeting

Deep Energy (DE) community Chair Isabelle Daniel (Université Lyon1, France) and co-chair Edward Young (University of California, Los Angeles, USA) brought together 37 members of the community in th

DCO Research Endospores Rival Growing Cells in Sediments

A survey of ocean sediments from around the world finds that dormant bacterial endospores are about as common as slow-growing cells, and make up a significant portion of the total microbial biomass,…

In Earth’s Magma Ocean, Carbon Chemistry Got Complicated
DCO Research Complicated Carbon Chemistry in Magma Ocean

Computer simulations of the magma ocean on early Earth suggest that the carbon chemistry was surprisingly complex at high pressure. Iron likely sequestered much of the carbon into the metallic core…

DCO Research Introducing Hydrothermarchaeota

Researchers used cutting-edge molecular methods to describe a group of subseafloor microbes that thrive in the hot, oxygen-free fluids flowing through Earth’s crust.

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.

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica
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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