Unexpected high amounts of H2 produced during serpentinization at magma-poor rifted margins

Elmar Albers , Wolfgang Bach , Marta Pérez-Gussinyé , Catherine McCammon & Thomas Frederichs
At magma-poor rifted margins, serpentinization of lherzolitic mantle rocks releases molecular hydrogen (H2) that supports chemosynthesis-based deep life. Until now, however, H2 fluxes in these systems remain largely unquantified. To help closing this knowledge gap we investigated serpentinization and H2 production using drill core samples from the West Iberia margin (Ocean Drilling Program Leg 103, Hole 637A). The mostly lherzolitic samples are strongly serpentinized, consist of serpentine with little magnetite, and are generally brucite-free. Serpentine...
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