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1 Carbon in Earth Midterm Report of the Deep Carbon Observatory Inside/Outside Cover Material DCO Mission DCO Organizational Structure Decadal Goals Map(s) Inside/Outside Text Achievements/Discoveries Quantities Movements Forms Origins Next Five Years Cameos FUTURE VOLUMES

2 Carbon in Earth QUANTITITES, MOVEMENTS, FORMS, ORIGINS The Deep Carbon Observatory is laying the groundwork for a new science of one of nature’s key elements. As such, the Observatory seeks to determine the quantities, movements, forms, and origins of carbon in our planet. Each goal comes with questions that we proposed to answer during the current decade. These questions are being tackled by interdisciplinary science teams in communities spanning 50 countries. As we move into the second half of the program, we will answer our decadal questions, while at the same time expanding our purview to target significant new programs connected with carbon in Earth and in extreme environments. DCO Midterm Report 1. Quantities 2. Movements 3. Forms 4. Origins Reservoirs and Fluxes Deep Life Deep Energy Extreme Physics and Chemistry } Matrix Communities and phenomena Distinguish between fully supported and leveraged DCO projects 16 page high-level summary OVERVIEW

3 How much carbon is in Earth? What are the relative amounts of carbon-bearing phases? What physical and chemical properties of the interior affect carbon storage in different regions ?  Carbon, as it presents itself to us at the surface of our planet, exists in three different oxidation states. This variation is not well determined at depth.  Diamond in the mantle as reservoirs and indicators of mantle chemistry.  Carbon should not be considered in isolation; it is a component within complex chemical systems –fluids, melts, and solids – that comprise our planet.  Among the most significant is water.  Discoveries by DCO scientists have led to the realization that there are significant unexpected reservoirs of carbon.  Having an estimate of the extent of the deep biosphere has implications for understanding how much carbon is stored in Earth. DCO Midterm Report 1. Quantities OVERVIEW

4 EPC Spin transition and elasticity of Mg-Fe carbonate. RF Ultradeep diamonds formed within Earth’s transition zone trap inclusions of minerals. EPC New deep Earth water model that permits computation of carbon transport by aqueous fluids. 1 1 EPC The puzzling transition of low-density water to high-density water. 2 2 EPC Direct measurements of carbonate ion speciation in high-pressure aqueous fluids. 3 3 RF Redox state of mantle Cottrell and Kelley paper 4 and Stagno et al Nature 5paper 4Nature 5 EPC Magnesite as a deep carbon reservoir 6reservoir 6 EPC Liu et al. 7 spin transition Same lab ferromag as a C host 8 7spin transitionC host 8 RF Mantle Temperature at Mid-Ocean Ridges (Kelley Perspective 9 in Science)Perspective 9 RF Carbon Dioxide Content of the Icelandic Mantle Barry et al 10Barry et al 10 RF Mantle Carbon Content Influences Plate Tectonics Sifre et al 11Sifre et al 11 RF Remarkably, Carbon Isotope fractionation in the mantle Mikhail et al 12Mikhail et al 12 RF Geochem of diamonds: Review by Shirey and Shigley 13Review 13 RF EPC Olivine inclusion and mantle compositionmantle composition RF Diamond formation in 2 stages, 1 billion years apart Bulanova et al 14Bulanova et al 14 EPC C coordination in silicates Navrotsky et al 15Navrotsky 15 EPC Polymeric carbon dioxide as a stable form of C in the mantle 16C in the mantle 16 EPC Two groups solve structure of polymeric CO 2 17, 18polymeric CO EPC Galli and Sverjensky dielectric constant of water 19dielectric constant 19 RF Hirschman review 20review 20 EPC Refractive index of water under increasing pressure 21Refractive index 21 RF Diamondite formation in the mantle Mikhail et al 22Mikhail et al 22 DL CoDL developments DL Presence of life in crust Lever et al 23Lever et al 23 DL Global estimates of subseafloor life D’Hondt PNAS 24D’Hondt PNAS 24 DCO Midterm Report 1. Quantities DISCOVERIES TO DATE

5 DCO Midterm Report The discovery of water-rich ringwoodite in a diamond by Pearson et al. changes our view of the water (and presumably other volatile) content of mantle. The paper raises the possibility of many oceans being stored in the transition zone. This finding may have significant implications for our understanding of the deep water/hydrogen cycle and the possible effects on the properties of the minerals in that region. This result is an example of what carbon (i.e., diamond) can tell us about the abundance of other components (i.e., water) in the deep Earth. Pearson, D. G. et al., Hydrous mantle transition zone indicated by ringwoodite included within diamond, Nature 507, (2014). 1. Quantities Diamond Reveals Oceans of Water at Depth BREAKTHROUGHS

6 DCO Midterm Report The implementation of two methodologies for the analysis of clumped methane isotopes is a far-reaching development/discovery and potentially can integrate research from all DCO communities. Clumped methane isotopes can reveal otherwise inaccessible secrets regarding the source and formation mechanism of methane. Clumped methane isotope measurements are triggering new research on isotopic fractionation that will result in an improved understanding of the biogeochemistry of methane in the environment. Future extensions to larger carbon-bearing molecules is particularly relevant for the identification of unique biosynthetic signatures The quantum cascade laser to measure the isotopologues of methane to distinguish geological and biological sources of methane in the atmosphere, hydrosphere, and lithosphere is a tremendous achievement. Ono, S. et al., Measurement of a doubly-substituted methane isotopologue, 13 CH 3 D, by tunable infrared laser direct absorption spectroscopy, Analyt. Chem. 86, (2014); Young, E. et al. to be published 1. Quantities Clumped Isotope Signatures of Methane Sources BREAKTHROUGHS

7 What is the global carbon budget and nature of the deep carbon cycle?  The global carbon flux extends the question of carbon reservoirs, an area with major implications for human energy resources at depth.  Carbon moves in crustal fluids sequestered naturally but also it is released through multiple mechanisms.  The intake and release on the global scale constitutes the deep carbon cycle.  Owing to advances made by DCO scientists in the past five years, we are just now beginning to understand that cycle, including both large apparent discrepancies between intake and release and the nature of smaller epicycles DCO Midterm Report 2. Movements OVERVIEW

8 RF Zeolites masquerading carbonititic tuffs DE RiMG vol edited by Navrotsky and Cole on C sequestration 26sequestration 26 RF Metastable graphite intermediates in crustal fluids Foustoukos 27 Foustoukos 27 RF Graphite formation during subductionsubduction RF DECADE activities: Costa Rica and NicaraguaCosta RicaNicaragua RF Carbon in silicate melts 28melts 28 RF Measuring outgassing Mather 29Mather 29 RF Diamond morphology suggests how they move from mantle to surface 30surface 30 DE DL Methane hydrate field movement 31movement 31 RF New Constraints on the Deep Carbon Cycle (carbonates and CO 2 degassing)carbonates and CO 2 degassing RF Ague paper movement of CO 2 from subduction zone to volcanoes RF Clues in Chilean lavas Mather et al 33Mather et al 33 RF Earth’s ancient carbon cycle and the first ice age 34ice age 34 RF Mars’ ancient carbon cycle 35cycle 35 RF Rajdeep Dasgupta chapter in RiMG 36RiMG 36 RF Movements of diamonds through mantle Walter et al Science 37Science 37 RF Diamonds and the beginning of plate tectonics on Earth Shirey and Richardson 38Shirey and Richardson 38 EPC/RF Oxygen fugacity at forearcs and carbon movement in the mantle Lazar et al 39Lazar et al 39 DCO Midterm Report DISCOVERIES TO DATE 2. Movements

9 DCO Midterm Report A significant achievement is the discovery of the doubling of known volcanic CO 2 emissions. Significant outgassing is connecting deep carbon to the air we breathe, and the numbers are only increasing. Couple this with diffuse outgassing (e.g. from tectonic regions), and we have a long term contribution to make to climate change models, and to societies concern over carbon and tax. There is a great opportunity to consolidate our connection with NASA and look at our own planet with scrutiny with some urgency to assess carbon- based and greenhouse gases. At a time when the hydrocarbon industry is lurching towards shale gas, etc., we need spatially-resolved and time-resolved atmospheric data all the more, to assess the before and after of regional and local energy operations in the context of the natural environment. Burton, M. R. et al., Deep carbon emissions from volcanoes, in Reviews in Mineralogy and Geochemistry: Carbon in Earth (eds. R. Hazen, Jones, A. P. and Baross, J. A.), 75, (2013). 2. Movements Volcanic Degassing BREAKTHROUGHS

10 DCO Midterm Report The summer school in Yellowstone captured a facet of volcanic degassing similarly under appreciated on the planet, namely that active carbon emission through a nominally "inactive" system rivals the most "active" volcano, and the interaction between fluids in the crust and degassing carbon directly connects, again, the biosphere to deep earth volatiles requiring multidisciplinary science to untangle (and a new generation of carbon scientists we are truly helping to educate and transform). Capturing young scientists' minds and enabling pathways for their early careers in DCO are tremendous legacy goals we are already starting to achieve. They will also need the valuable databases, which DCO is creating. 2. Movements Volcanic Degassing (cont’d) BREAKTHROUGHS

11 DCO Midterm Report The upper mantle is pervasively soaked in a carbonate-rich melt. This melt is the precursor to all magmatism, and also lubricates the plates. DCO has helped revolutionized understanding of the mantle melting beneath mid-ocean ridges. It is very likely that precursors to Earth’s most important magmatic system, mid-ocean ridges, are carbonate-rich melts of low melt fraction. These react progressively with the mantle as they rise, eventually becoming MORB. If true, all CO 2 degassed at ridges originated carbonate rich magma. This explains recent evidence for deeper melting beneath ridges. Dasgupta, R., A. Mallik, K. Tsuno, A. C. Withers, G. Hirth, and M. M. Hirschmann, Carbon-dioxide-rich silicate melt in the Earth's upper mantle, Nature 493, (2013). 2. Movements Carbon-soaked upper mantle melts BREAKTHROUGHS

12 What forms and structures of carbon and carbon-bearing phases exist and prevail in Earth? Novel carbon structures and chemical reactions are being documented, observationally, experimentally and theoretically. Structurally, electronically, and chemically, carbon can behave mimic other elements in the Periodic Table (e.g., silicon, which is cosmochemically abundant). Novel carbon phases are leading to new physics, and to carbon-based devices with potential implications for materials science and technology. The questions of diversity of carbon forms also touches on biological diversity. Observations over the past five years have led to remarkable findings, and surprising correlations are emerging. DCO Midterm Report 3. Forms OVERVIEW

13 EPC Spanu et al 43Spanu et a 43 EPC Struzhkin et al 49 defects in synthetic diamond for quantum computingStruzhkin et al 49 EPC Extreme Conditions and the Periodic Table Bini et al 47Bini et al 47 EPC Carbon substitution for Si in ceramics Navrotsky et al 40Navrotsky et al 40 EPC Methane forms heavy hydrocarbons not just diamond and H 2 Lobanov et al 41Lobanov et al 41 EPC Novel Carbon structure various authors (not sure DCO contrib)various authors EPC Carbon storage in the mantle Wu and Buseck RF Formation of carbonados Ishibashi et al 44Ishibashi et al 44 EPC “Amorphous” carbon forms crystalline material at high P Mao et al 45Mao et al 45 EPC High pressure crystals of methane clathrates Tulk et al 46Tulk et al 46 EPC More from Wu and Buseck 48Wu and Buseck 48 EPC Superconducting C polymers at high P Dias et al 50Dias et al 50 EPC Using moissanite to compress methane DL The deep virosphere Baross et al 52Baross et al 52 DL Subseafloor microbial populations 2 publications 53, 542 publications 5354 DL Distribution of similar microbes around the world Moser 55Moser 55 DL Review of deep life Colwell et al 56Colwell et al 56 DL Directed evolution at high pressure Vanlint et al (not sure DCO contrib) 57Vanlint et al 57 DL Deep nematode worms TC Onstott et al 58TC Onstott et al 58 DL Visualizing diversity Pham et al 59Pham et al 59 DCO Midterm Report DISCOVERIES TO DATE 3. Forms

14 DCO Midterm Report One of the greatest discovery of DCO to date is the calculation of the dielectric constant of water under extreme conditions of pressure and temperature. This has opened the possibility of understanding deep fluids, thanks to the DEW model and to a series of experiments. This advance has deeply changed our understanding of the chemistry of deep fluids that are a major agent of transport of carbon. Whilst carbon in deep fluids has mostly been considered previously as oxidized, DCO has changed the view -- with potentially a lot more reduced carbon in the deep Earth. The model is a fundamental and lasting contribution with the promise of revolutionizing our understanding mantle fluid geochemistry. Pan, D. et al., Dielectric properties of water under extreme conditions and transport of carbonates in the deep Earth, Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. 110, (2013). 3. Forms Nature of Water at Depth BREAKTHROUGHS

15 DCO Midterm Report The detailed determination of the crystal structure of ‘polymeric’, silica-like CO 2, together with the determination of their stability range, open vast new possibilities for carbon storage at high pressure. This is now even more viable with demonstration of CO 2 -SiO 2 solid solution, forming a cristobalite-type mixed polymeric structures. Santoro, M. et al., Carbon enters silica forming a cristobalite-type CO 2 -SiO 2 solid solution, Nature Comm. 5, 3761 (2014). 3. Forms BREAKTHROUGHS Dense Polymeric SiO 2 -CO 2

16 What is the origin of various forms of carbon? What can deep carbon tell us about the origins of life, Earth, and the Solar System? How do conditions of the deep Earth affect life and what does this tell us about the origins of life?  Carbon and carbon-bearing materials includes prebiotic systems and life itself.  Carbon atoms are born in exploding supernova, but what has been their subsequent trajectory ot the present?  Thus, we use carbon as historical tracer, a recorder of events into the depths of not only space but also time.  We have the opportunity to study carbon in meteorites, planetary surfaces, and planetary atmospheres.  Serpentinization and geologic hydrogen production fuels deep ecosystems.  New discoveries made in mineralogy provide fossil evidence for early life.  New measurements are allowing us to distinguish between abiotic and biotic sources of hydrocarbons DCO Midterm Report 4. Origins OVERVIEW

17 DL Microhydrogarnets that may have constituted a prebiotic environment of prime interest for studying the emergence of the first microbial cells on earth. EPC ZnS cleanly catalyzes a fundamental chemical reaction – the making and breaking of a C-H bond DE Ancient water and implications for origins of life here and on other planets. 67Ancient water 67 DE Continental Lithosphere doubles global hydrogen flux estimates for the deep biosphere DE DL Aluminum catalysis of serpentinization 60serpentinization 60 DE DL Low-temperature serpentinization McCollom et al 61McCollom et al 61 DE DL Serpentinization in subseafloor mantle and origins of life Menez et al 62Menez et al 62 DE DL Sphalerite catalyzes hydrothermal reactions Shipp, Shock et al 63Shipp, Shock et al 63 DE DL Minerals present on Earth at birth of life Hazen 64Hazen 64 RF DL Earth’s atmosphere at the birth of life Marty et al 65 and Pujol, Marty, Burgess et al 34Marty et al 65Pujol, Marty, Burgess et al 34 DL Fossils of ancient ecosystem (oldest maybe?) found in Australia Noffke and Hazen 66Noffke and Hazen 66 DL Methane as a source of food Boetius paper 68paper 68 DL Piezophillic organisms in nature and the lab (review) Picard and Daniel 69Picard and Daniel 69 DE DL Geochemical constraints on deep life Pockalny, D’Hondt et al 70Pockalny, D’Hondt et al 70 DL Sulfate starvation in deep ecosystems Bowles, Hinrichs et al 71Hinrichs et al 71 DCO Midterm Report DISCOVERIES TO DATE 4. Origins

18 DCO Midterm Report Shipp, J. A. et al., Sphalerite is a geochemical catalyst for carbon−hydrogen bond activation, Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. 111, (2014). The generation of hydrocarbons by mineral reactions, and in particular, the catalysis of organic reactions by sulfide minerals, in the laboratory represent a major advance This discovery bridges the gap between organic and inorganic chemistry, which is in itself a scientific game-changer, and places the generation of DNA-type molecules and eventually life within the mineral world. The most favorable systems for eventful interactions between organic and inorganic compounds, i.e. hydrothermal systems, have been identified/confirmed. 4. Origins Hydrocarbon Generation at Mineral Surfaces BREAKTHROUGHS

19 DCO Midterm Report The discovery of very old waters in the Canadian shield by Holland et al. has important implications for very ancient deep biosphere. Noble gas data are used to determine the protozeroic age of the waters. Holland, G. et al., Deep fracture fluids isolated in the crust since the Precambrian era, Nature 497, (2013). 4. Origins The existence of very old and deep pockets of water, isolated from the surface for almost the last 3 billions of years, has potential to host (more recent) microbial life sustained by hydrogen. This feature, as the result of the interaction between rocks and water, may be the most important one through the history of the Earth and other planets in the Solar System and is closely related to the origin of life. 3 Billion Year Old Water BREAKTHROUGHS

20 Kallmeyer et al., Global distribution of microbial abundance and biomass in subsea floor sediment, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci (2012). Research from the DCO has reduced estimates of microbes in the subseafloor by one order of magnitude relative to Barney Whitman’s classic PNAS paper on the number of microbes in different environmental contexts. DCO Midterm Report The influential work by Kallmeyer et al. provides to date most accurate estimate of the microbial biomass in the global subseafloor; it improves the mechanistic understanding of the distribution of microbial life in the subsea floor. 4. Origins BREAKTHROUGHS Subsurface Microbial Biomass

21 DCO Midterm Report A research team using 200 borehole samples from 32 continental sites world estimated the first global estimate of H 2 sources (radiolysis, serpeninization) from the Precambrian continental lithosphere. This previously neglected H 2 source is on the order of in put from marine hydrothermal systems and may double the global hydrogen flux estimate for the deep biosphere 4. Origins BREAKTHROUGHS Hydrogen Fuels the Deep Biosphere Sherwood Lollar, B., et al. Continental lithosphere doubles global hydrogen flux estimates for the deep biosphere, submitted

22 Cameos DCO Early Career Scientist Network Bringing People Together Panorama Mass Spectrometer Serpentine Days Workshop Kazan Workshop on Abiotic Hydrocarbons DCO Global Field Studies DCO Midterm Report

23 Earth through time and the origins of life are now questions we will address in the next five years. The natural connections with space and planetary research as a future area we may be able to enhance, which stem from the outstanding concept of mineral evolution and mineral diversity at Earths dynamic exosphere. Origins of Life NEXT FIVE YEARS Deep Carbon and Deep Time The deep time data Infrastructure, including new fundamental models along with vast data and modeling resources in an open-access platform could be a major breakthrough, at least in terms of its contribution to the global scientific community to do new things. This effort is building a new scientific instrument, available to everyone, that will be an engine of discovery about Earth's changing geosphere and biosphere through deep time. The statistical and visualization features we have in mind will make this "instrument" an absolutely new and transformative advance.

24 DCO Midterm Report Earth’s Carbon Budget DCO has created a world-wide community of scientists who really work together according to a well-defined plan, linking strands of research that complement one another and that otherwise would have been carried out out of sync. The problem of the Earth carbon budget is truly a global one and needs to be tackled at the appropriate scale. New Carbon-based Materials New discoveries of the physics and chemistry of carbon under extreme conditions raise the possibility of creating altogether new carbon and carbon-rich materials with extraordinary properties for a range of new technologies (e.g., superconductors, sensors, thermoelectrics, high-strength components) Biophysics (“EPC-B”) Systematic exploration of fundamental physico-chemical origin of biological processes in extreme environments could lead to breakthroughs in understanding form and function of organisms and ecosystems in the deep biosphere. NEXT FIVE YEARS

25 Diamond Nanothreads [Fitzgibbons et al., Nature Mat., 2014]

26 A potential new satellite would be able to be targeted with a high resolution footprint of ~500 m and would counterbalance existing global missions like OCO-2. It could be attractive to industry and agencies for monitoring, both anthropogenic and natural emissions. and we could point at an active volcano when it erupts. The first satellite detection of CO 2 in an explosive eruption plume would open the door for finally quantifying point sources of carbon into the atmosphere, needed to understand natural vs anthropogenic fluxes. This discovery from the DCO will end up affecting climate research as well. DCO Midterm Report Satellite Observations of Carbon Emissions NEXT FIVE YEARS

27 DCO Midterm Report An important new opportunity is he on-going Rosetta mission which sniffs out gases released by comet 67P/CG, 500 millions km from the Earth. Results will certainly give strong constraints on the origin of water, carbon and other volatile elements on terrestrial planets. And this is exploration at its purest level. DCO scientists are associated with groups who built and are in charge of the mass spectrometers on board of the spacecraft. The origin of this carbon is clearly a first-order cosmological problem. Missions Beyond the Earth NEXT FIVE YEARS

28 DCO Midterm Report Nature of Extrasolar Carbon The recognition that planets are commonplace in the cosmos, some having variable compositions, including some that are carbon-rich, open up new prospects for the DCO where its techniques, methodologies, and expertise could be applied to the nature of carbon well beyond our Solar System (“Deep Space Carbon Observatory”). New Physics of Ultradense Carbon Materials New facilities and instruments for exploring matter and materials to P-T conditions that are orders of magnitude more extreme than current approaches. Both P and T can be independently controlled from cold, warm, and hot dense matter approaching stellar interiors. The succcess is demonstrated by the landmark highly accurate measurement of the compression of diamond to 50 Mbar at the National Ignition Facility (LLNL). NEXT FIVE YEARS


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