This is the home website for the Oman Drilling Project. At this stage, after we received seed funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, associated with the Deep Carbon Observatory, the Oman Drilling Project has been approved by the International Continental Drilling Program (ICDP). The ICDP has committed to provide up to $1.5M, and Sloan is providing an additional $0.3M in spendable funds.
We are now seeking matching funds to cover the estimated $4M operational cost of drilling, geophysical logging, and core description. Proposals are pending or planned with the NSF, the European Science Foundation, the UK Natural Environment Research Council, the German Research Foundation (DFG), the French Agence Nationale de la Recherche, and Japanese funding agencies.
From this site, you can download the ICDP proposal documents, a report on the results of the Oman Drilling Workshop in Palisades NY in September 2012, sponsored by the ICDP, the Sloan Foundation's Deep Carbon Observatory, and the US National Science Foundation (NSF), and a report on the Workshop on Geological Carbon Capture & Storage in Mafic and Ultramafic Rocks, held at Sultan Qaboos University in Oman in January 2011, sponsored by the ICDP, the NSF, the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP), Sultan Qaboos University, the European Science Foundation, the UK IODP organization, InterRidge and the Consortium for Ocean Leadership.
Please direct questions to Peter Kelemen, c/o Karen Benedetto. <email@example.com> .
Alkaline spring in travertine near the village of Falaij, left, and carbonate veins in peridotite, right, from the active peridotite carbonation system in Oman. Samples from both photosyield 14C ages of less than 30,000 years.
See Kelemen & Matter (2008) and Kelemen et al. (2011) for more information.