Science Network Focuses on Deep Carbon in the Earth



With carbon playing a critical role related to energy, climate, resources, and life on the planet; with vast stores of it underground; and with many basic questions unanswered about the element, the 10-year international Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO) program, which began in 2009, has ambitious goals to fill in some of those knowledge gaps. To help assess current knowledge and questions about carbon, DCO held a scientific meeting in early March at the U.S. National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D. C., and released a nearly 700-page open access book, Carbon in Earth, which outlines many key issues related to carbon.