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Major research objectives

Major goals of subproject B5 are

  1. to investigative and quantify diagenetic processes in forearc sediments
  2. to estimate fluid flow and investigate geochemical processes at seafloor vent sites in the forearc,
  3. to determine input fluxes to the subduction zone of climate-relevant volatiles for calculating mass balances of the subduction system,
  4. to quantify gas hydrate inventories in the forearc
  5. to gain a systematic understanding of differences in fluid mobilization processes at erosive and accretionary margins and to improve our understanding of geochemical control on dewatering
    processes in deeply buried and subducting sediments, and
  6. to contribute to the improvement of global volatile turnover in subduction zones.

From the beginning of the project in 2001 until 2007 the project work has been focused on the Central American convergent margin. Pore fluids and sediments have been obtained on ship-based expeditions (RVs Meteor, Sonne, Atlantis) between 2002 and 2005. Efficient sampling of sediments at active vents (see pictures below) are based on video-guided operations with muldticorer, ROV, and lander systems. In future, field work will be conducted off central Chile.

Pogonophora colony, Jaco Scarp, Costa Rica

Sampling a bacterial mat by ROV, Quepos slide, Costa Rica

Clam field and authigenic carbonates, Mound Culebra, Costa Rica

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Kieler Wissenschaftler fühlen den 'Puls der Erde'

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Buch zum Sonderforschungsbereich über Naturkatastrophen am GEOMAR vorgestellt

Wie funktioniert die Recyclingmaschine der Erde?

Nach elf Jahren endet der Kieler Sonderforschungsbereich 574 zu Subduktionszonen

Final colloquium of SFB 574

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The Lübeck Retreat, May 23-25, 2012

Teilprojekt Öffentlichkeitsarbeit