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CCM in serpentinite
Clumps of Organic Carbon Found Within Serpentinites 28 November 2018 Feature

In theory, the process of serpentinization, where seawater infiltrates and reacts with the mantle…

Martian Organic Molecules Came From Natural “Batteries” 13 November 2018 Feature

In 2012, NASA’s Curiosity rover scooped up a handful of Martian soil and analyzed its contents to…

Under the Right Conditions, Subduction Zone ‘Factories’ May Manufacture Abiotic Hydrocarbons 25 September 2018 Feature

Subduction zones, where the edge of one tectonic plate slips beneath another, have earned the…

Amino Acid Metabolism Fuels Fracking Communities 13 August 2018 Feature

Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” has enabled natural gas companies to reach new heights in…

Cassini
Saturn’s Moon Enceladus Harbors Complex Carbon Compounds Beneath its Icy Crust 23 July 2018 Feature

Saturn’s moon Enceladus has a rocky core, surrounded by a global ocean encrusted by a sheet of ice…

Hydrocarbons Form Surprisingly High Up in Earth’s Mantle 21 August 2017 Feature

Rather than forming from living material, abiogenic hydrocarbons form from inorganic reactions…

A New Source of Hydrocarbons in the Deep Carbon Cycle 12 June 2017 Feature

Due to its ubiquity on the surface, acetate could end up in the deep subsurface through subduction…

Extreme Heat and Pressure May Yield Hydrocarbons in Earth’s Mantle 20 March 2017 Feature

In a new review in ChemistrySelects, three Deep Carbon Observatory researchers synthesize theory,…

Researchers Delineate Factors Controlling Formation of Subsurface Methane 8 March 2017 Feature

Riikka Kietäväinen, a member of DCO’s Deep Energy and Deep Life Communities, along with Lasse…

Diamond with garnet inclusion
Water and Rock React to Form Diamonds and Hydrocarbons 24 November 2015 Feature

By Craig M. Schiffries, Geophysical Laboratory, Carnegie Institution of Washington November 2015…

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