Saturday, February 26, 2011

The Deep Carbon Observatory

Here at SuperSmart Carbon, we love learning about carbon.  Apparently, we are not alone.  There is a project being launched called the Deep Carbon Observatory that is being funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.  The purpose of this group is to study carbon deep inside the earth.  Carbon makes up somewhere from 0.7% to 3.2% of the earth’s elements.  We know that there is carbon trapped under the earth’s crust, but we don’t know how much.  The Deep Carbon Observatory is going to study how much carbon there is in the earth and what happens to it.  Another question is what form is the carbon in?  Is it in the form of diamonds?  Is it in the form of organic life?  Scientists have found a lot of microscopic organisms under the earths’ crust.  What if there is as much life under the earths’ crust as there is on the earth’s surface.  This is a whole new area for science to studying.  Click here to learn more about the Deep Carbon Observatory.

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