Why do scientists drill the ground beneath our feet?
Collection EditorsDaniela Blessent, Margarita Caballero, Renato Somma, Blas Valero Garcés, Thomas Wiersberg
About this collectionDrilling a hole into the crust of our planet can help scientists unravel some of the many secrets that otherwise would remain hidden in its interior. Burning questions related to global climate change, evolution of ecosystems and species, including our own, the dangers posed by volcanoes and seismically active zones, and the sustainable extraction of heat and raw materials, demands answers that scientists can provide only using insights from scientific drilling.
For most people, drilling into the Earth means laying the foundation for extracting natural resources from under our feet. Recent discussions about new drilling-related technologies such as exploitation of unconventional gas resources, carbon capture and storage and geothermal energy brought deep drilling into the focus of public’s attention. With this collection we want to point out that drilling also serves other scientific goals, of high social relevance to face global environmental, climate and economic crises.
We invite scientists from different research areas of Earth Sciences to submit papers in the field of scientific drilling, sampling and monitoring the Earth’s continental crust to 1) better understand and ultimately mitigate Geohazards, 2) learn about processes of past climate and environmental changes, 3) tapping heat from volcanic and geothermal areas, 4) study life under extreme conditions and how life evolved over billions of years of Earth’s history, 5) Other exciting contributions in the field of continental scientific drilling are welcome as well.
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Universidad de Medellín, Colombia
Laboratorio de Paleolimnología, Instituto de Geofísica, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico
INGV, Naples Italy, Italy
Blas Valero Garcés
Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Spain
GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, Germany