Carbon dioxide sequestration or disposal is an essential component of the international effort to stabilise CO₂ emissions to the atmosphere. Of the proposed sequestration schemes, mineral sequestration represents the most geologically stable and environmentally benign method for carbon disposal (Lackner et al. 1995). Mineral carbonation mimics natural silicate weathering processes that bind CO₂ in stable carbonate minerals. Ultramafic rocks from ophiolite belts, containing high abundances of magnesia as serpentine and olivine, represent the best potential feedstock for mineral carbonation (Metz et al. 2005). At present, research efforts focus on the development of economically viable and energy efficient processes for large-scale industrial implementation of mineral carbonation. These efforts could be assisted by gaining enhanced understanding and characterisation of the natural carbonation of ultramafic rocks.
New England Orogen 2010 (NEO2010). New England Orogen 2010 Conference Proceedings (Armidale, N.S.W. 16-19 November, 2010) p. 259-265