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Scientific Drilling in the Samail Ophiolite, Sultanate of Oman

Project Acronym: OODP | State: Post Moratorium | Expedition ID: 5057

The Samail Ophiolite in Oman is composed of igneous crust and upper mantle formed at a submarine spreading center, via processes very similar to those at mid-ocean ridges today. Drilling will provide key data on the processes of melt extraction from the mantle, igneous accretion of oceanic crust, and hydrothermal modification of that crust. Drilling will also investigate present day alteration processes, their relationship to the deep biosphere, and their potential for acceleration to achieve carbon capture and storage via in situ mineral carbonation.

Keywords: Asia, Oman, Carbon Capture, Crust, Hydrothermal Alteration, Mantle

Project Management

Project Details

Project Location

Project Timeline

Moratorium Phase 2

September 2018 - February 2021

Sampling Party Phase 2

5 July - 5 September 2018

Drilling Phase 2

13 November 2017 - 28 February 2018

Moratorium Phase 1

September 2017 - February 2020

Sampling Party Phase 1

15 July - 15 September 2017

Drilling Phase 1

1 January - 23 March 2017

Full Proposal Approved

Workshop Held

13 - 17 September 2012 in Palisades NY, USA

Workshop Proposal Approved

Workshop Held (IODP)

7 - 10 January 2011 in Muscat, Oman