Published: November 30, 2017
Authors: Beth N. Orcutt, Markus Bergenthal, Tim Freudenthal, David C. Smith, Marvin D. Lilley, Luzie Schnieders, Sophie Green, Gretchen L. Früh-Green
C-DEBI Contribution Number: 398
IODP Expedition 357 utilized seabed drills for the first time in the history of the ocean drilling program, with the aim of collecting intact sequences of shallow mantle core from the Atlantis Massif to examine serpentinization processes and the deep biosphere. This novel drilling approach required the development of a new remote seafloor system for delivering synthetic tracers during drilling to assess for possible sample contamination. Here, we describe this new tracer delivery system, assess the performance of the system during the expedition, provide an overview of the quality of the core samples collected for deep biosphere investigations based on tracer concentrations, and make recommendations for future applications of the system.