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This chapter presents an overview of the motivation for the volume, emphasizing why studying deep carbon is relevant to the goal of understanding carbon quantities, movements, forms, and origins. It contains brief highlights of the new instruments, cross-cutting research initiatives, and deep carbon science over the past decade (spurred in large part by the international Deep Carbon Observatory) that have expanded our understanding of carbon on Earth.
Carbon is one of the most important elements of our planet, and ninety percent of it resides inside Earth's interior. This book summarizes ten years of research by scientists involved in the Deep Carbon Observatory, a global community of 1200 scientists. It is a comprehensive guide to carbon inside Earth, including its quantities, movements, forms, origins, changes over time, and impact on planetary processes. Leading experts from a variety of fields, including geoscience, biology, chemistry, and physics, provide exciting new insights into the interconnected nature of the global carbon cycle, and explain why it matters to the past, present, and future of our planet. With end-of-chapter problems, illustrative infographics, full-color images, and access to online models and datasets, it is a valuable reference for graduate students, researchers, and professional scientists interested in carbon cycling and Earth system science. This title is also available as Open Access on Cambridge Core.
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