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Conference on the role of geological science in understanding the deep carbon cycle, London, UK

The Geological Society of London is organising an event dedicated to 'Carbon: the deep geological cycle and its effect on the air we breathe' in London, UK, on 27 November.

It is becoming increasingly clear that the carbon cycle with which we are familiar should possibly not ...

27 November 2008 - 27 November 2008
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The Geological Society of London is organising an event dedicated to 'Carbon: the deep geological cycle and its effect on the air we breathe' in London, UK, on 27 November.

It is becoming increasingly clear that the carbon cycle with which we are familiar should possibly not be treated as a closed system. Carbon dioxide is added to the atmosphere through the degassing of volcanoes and carbon is retrenched into the Earth's mantle through subduction, yet the fluxes are poorly known and barely monitored.

Advances in remote sensing will facilitate future global mapping of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and allow unprecedented geological correlations. The vertical connection between studies of the Earth's interior and the immediate concerns of society regarding climate change are intimately related in a way which requires understanding of the global framework for carbon, starting with distinct organic and inorganic carbon from the earliest history of the Earth.

The one-day conference will highlight the role of the geological sciences in understanding the Earth's deep carbon cycle. It will bring together experts who will present new perspectives on the deep carbon cycle and will provide important opportunities to develop new strategies for both mainstream and cross-disciplinary research, to define new key questions in order to assess the contribution of the deep carbon cycle to atmosphere and climate.For further information, please visit:
http://www.geolsoc.org.uk/gsl/events/listings/page4077.html