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Bend-Fault Serpentinization (BFS) is one of the most significant geological discoveries of the last 15 years. It has the potential to reshape our understanding of Earth’s deep water and carbon cycles, the earliest habitat for deep chemosynthetic life, and even the fundamental mechanism by which slabs bend and unbend, thereby driving Plate Tectonics.

The BFS initiative and pre-proposal proposed Chikyu-centered deep drilling as a key component of focused exploration of the one region, Central America, where the mantle undergoing bend-fault serpentinization is potentially accessible by a MoHole-type drilling strategy.

The H-ODIN initiative proposed Chikyu-centered deep drilling to explore BFS in a region where old, cold oceanic lithosphere currently subducts — the Japan Trench — and was also approved for development into a detailed proposal.

We propose to combine the next stage of planning for both initiatives in a single workshop where we can decide, as a community, on our best plans to address the shared and complementary objectives of the BFS and H-ODIN pre-proposals within one or two Chikyu-centered drilling proposals.