Uncovering How Carbon Cycles into the Earth and Out Again

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Uncovering How Carbon Cycles into the Earth and Out Again

Uncovering How Carbon Cycles into the Earth and Out Again

December 01, 2016

In February 2017, 25 researchers from six different nations will meet in San Jose, Costa Rica to embark on an unprecedented 12 day sampling expedition across the country's chain of volcanoes. The goal of the expedition, led in part by Assistant Professor of Geology, Daniel Hummer, is to uncover how carbon cycles into the Earth and out again through a subduction zone (a region where one tectonic plate dives beneath another). The interdisciplinary team will collect samples of volcanic rocks, fluids, gases, and even microbes living near volcanic vents that feed on carbon emissions. The multi-year project hopes to shed new light on the deep carbon cycle, and is being funded through the Deep Carbon Observatory by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.  Please visit the website for more details.