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Deep Earth exploration is a multidisciplinary, complex undertaking that aims to understand the structure, dynamics and evolution of Earth’s continents and their margins. Earth is unique because of the presence of both liquid water and mobile tectonic plates as well as life on and in its crust. Interactions between the tectonic plates have produced the continents and ocean basins that distinguish our planet and the mineral and fossil fuel resources that support our standard of living. Active tectonic processes are also responsible for devastating hazards such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, and they control Earth's surface topography, which fundamentally affect the climate, environment and our modern life. Therefore, to study the lithosphere and deeper interior of Earth and to gain fundamental insights into how Earth operates is of common interest to geoscientists worldwide.
SinoPrope is one of the great programs in this field and has been funded by the Chinese Government with unprecedented scope and scientific ambition. The overall aim of SinoProbe is to take a multidisciplinary approach in studying the composition, structure and evolution of the continental lithosphere of the Chinese continent. SinoProbe-I was launched in 2008 as the initial phase of SinoProbe. In 2016, it was followed by the ongoing program on Deep Resources Exploration and Advanced Mining (DREAM).
In will begin in the coming years. SinoProbe-I provided researchers with rich data sets to image, sample and monitor the continent and underlying mantle at a resolution never before attempted. It outlined a wide range of exciting scientific research directions to be explored in the coming decade, enabled scientists to make important breakthroughs and discoveries, and answer or pose outstanding questions. For the International Symposium on Deep Earth Exploration and Practices (DEEP-2018), emphasis will not only be on updated progress of SinoProbe–I but will also focus on recent research on the lithosphere across the world. The meeting will serve as a forum where participants exchange ideas on progress in deep exploration of the lithosphere, better understand deep processes within the Earth, expand the new knowledge into practical applications, consider the future, and promote international collaboration on deep exploration of the Earth. DEEP-2018 will offer an unprecedented opportunity for international collaboration within the earth sciences. It will also be a good time to introduce SinoProbe-Ⅱ, the new proposal and deployment as part of the ambitious Chinese National Scientific Program until 2030.