To better understand the geological processes leading to serpentinization and how microbes survive in these systems, DCO members Gretchen Früh-Green (ETH-Zurich, Switzerland) and Beth Orcutt (Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, USA) led International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) Expedition 357 in late 2015. An international team of researchers drilled holes across an actively serpentinizing site in the North Atlantic Ocean called the Atlantis Massif. This dome of mantle material ascended from about four kilometers deep, through a fault zone in the seafloor. The researchers describe the expedition in a new paper in Lithos. Read the whole story here.
New Paper Published in Lithos