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The Dead Sea deep drill core as the longest paleo-environmental archive of the late Quaternary Levant

Lead PI: Dr. Steven Lloyd Goldstein

Unit Affiliation: Geochemistry, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO)

October 2011 - September 2016
Inactive
Asia ; Middle East ; Dead Sea
Project Type: Research

DESCRIPTION: The project will allow for drilling in the Dead Sea to extract core samples creating a long term continuous paleo-seismic and climatic archive. Samples will be taken from the cores, analyzed, and the results integrated into climate models.

OUTCOMES: Completed two drilling sites, sent the samples to GFZ-Potsdam for analysis, performed U and Th isotope analyses, performed Sr and Nd isotope analyses, and recruited two post docs and a PhD to assist.

SPONSOR:

U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation

FUNDED AMOUNT:

$91,935

EXTERNAL COLLABORATORS:

Geological Survey of Israel, GeoForschungsZentrum-Potsdam

KEYWORDS

hydrological cycle marine geology and geophysics tectonics dead sea paleoclimate seismology drilling climate change

THEMES

Earth fundamentals