When Water Meets Rock

The First Steps When Water Meets Rock

A new study uses computer simulations and spectroscopic techniques to look at how water molecules interact with the mantle mineral olivine.

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Biotic methane bubbles at the La Brea Tar Pits
Rewriting the Textbook on Fossil Fuels 12 April 2019 Feature

Contacts Terry Collins, +1-416-878-8712; Katie Pratt, +1-401-536-8813; katie_pratt@uri.…

When Water Meets Rock
The First Steps When Water Meets Rock 12 December 2018 Feature

When water encounters certain magnesium- and iron-rich mantle minerals, exciting things can happen…

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…

Earth’s First Amino Acids May Have Come From Oceanic Crust 7 November 2018 Feature

As a graduate student at the University of Chicago in the early 1950s, Stanley Miller attempted to…

Atlantis Massif Drillsites
Subsurface Life in the Atlantis Massif: Just Add Water? 17 October 2018 Feature

When mantle rocks come into contact with seawater, the resulting reaction, called serpentinization…

Serpentine balls
Organic Carbon Shapes Minerals and Metals at Low Temperature in Serpentinite Rocks 4 September 2018 Feature

When exhumed mantle material creates new seafloor along mid-ocean ridges, seawater seeps into…

blue boron-bearing diamond
Origin of Blue Diamonds Discovered 1 August 2018 Feature

Experts judge a diamond’s worth by the four Cs, “color, clarity, cut, and carat weight,” and blue…

Ophiolite in Greece
Methane in Hyperalkaline Springs Comes From Chromitite 25 June 2018 Feature

Springs and aquifers that originate within ophiolites, mountains comprised of old seafloor, contain…

DCO hat
Missing Wikipedia Article on Serpentinization: A Hat for Your Thoughts 21 June 2018 Feature

The Engagement Team has been tasked to help the DCO community improve deep carbon science topics on…

Mind the Gaps: Tiny Pores Encourage Methane Formation 26 September 2017 Feature

One possible source of abiotic methane is serpentinizing systems, such as hydrothermal vents. At…

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