The University of Southampton
Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton

Research project: Oman Drilling Project

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The Samail Ophiolite, in Oman and the United Arab Emirates, is the largest, best-exposed section of oceanic lithosphere in the World.

Project Overview

Hydrated & carbonated mantle rock zones
Hydrated & carbonated mantle rock zones

The Oman Drilling Project is a comprehensive drilling program that will sample the whole ophiolite sequence, from crust through to upper mantle, in a series of diamond- and rotary-drilled boreholes. Data collection will include analysis of rock core, geophysical logging, fluid sampling, hydrological measurements and microbiological sampling. More than 40 natural scientists from a broad spectrum of disciplines will use these new datasets to address a diverse range of scientific questions relating to the formation, hydrothermal alteration and biotic and abiotic weathering of oceanic lithosphere.

Key Contacts

Dr Jude Coggon (Project Manager)

Prof Damon Teagle

Dr Juerg Matter (Project Director)

Prof Peter Kelemen (Columbia University, New York)

PhDs and Other Opportunities

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Project email:
omandrillingproject@southampton.ac.uk

Project website: http://omandrilling.ac.uk

 

 

Alteration and carbonation of ophiolitic mantle
Alteration and carbonation of ophiolitic mantle
Hyperalkaline spring - active carbonate precipitation
Hyperalkaline spring - active carbonate precipitation

Related research groups

Geochemistry

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