Planning the Drilling of the Samail Ophiolite in Oman

Workshop on Scientific Drilling in the Samail Ophiolite; Palisades, New York, 13–17 September 2012



For more than a decade, plans have been afoot for scientific drilling in the Samail ophiolite in Oman. The ophiolite is a thrust sheet of oceanic crust and shallow mantle, emplaced on the Arabian continental margin 95 to 70 million years ago, which has tilted and eroded so that one can now observe sections extending from 0 to more than 15 kilometers below the paleo-seafloor. Plans to study formation and evolution of the ophiolite have been spurred by recent interest in ongoing alteration and weathering, the associated sub-surface biosphere, and the possibility of carbon storage via accelerated mineral carbonation.