Geological Society London December Lecture - Matinee

Wednesday  4 December  2019  3:00 PM    Wednesday  4 December  2019 4:00 PM
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The Dynamic History of the Earth's Deep Carbon Cycle

Carbon plays a fundamental role on Earth. It forms the chemical backbone for all essential organic molecules produced by living organisms. Carbon-based fuels supply most of society’s energy. Atmospheric carbon dioxide affects Earth's climate. Although e have a great deal data on carbon near the surface, relatively little is known about carbon deep in Earth. Since 2009 the Deep Carbon Observatory has been addressing major questions about deep carbon. How is it exchanged between the interior and the surface?Where are the reservoirs of deep carbon? Did deep organic chemistry have a role in the origin of life on Earth? The theme of this history of science lecture is the fascinating story of how we discovered the dynamic interior of Earth, and the role that carbon plays. We trace across four centuries the evolution of thinking that led to the establishment of the interdisciplinary field of Earth system science. The key discoveries of deep carbon science are introduced in the historical context of the pioneer researchers, how they formulated their research agendas, and their impact on the geodynamics, geochemistry, and geobiology of deep carbon.


Simon Mitton, University of Cambridge 

14.30 Tea and coffee served in the lower library

15.00 Lecture

15.45 Questions and answers

16.00 Lecture ends and guests depart


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