Project CLEAR Workshop, GFZ Potsdam, 22 Feb 2017

An interim workshop of Project CLEAR members was held at GFZ Potsdam on 22 Feb 2017 in order to

  • update each other on the progress of multi-proxy analyses of the palaeo-lake deposits at the participating institutions;
  • distribute sediment samples and stratigraphical profiles taken during fieldwork in Dec 2015, which had finally arrived in Jan 2017(!)

Progress reports were provided on lithological/geochemical analysis, diatom analysis, and foraminifer/ostracod analysis of the mastercore from the central sabkha basin. For the first time, we synoptically observed distinct trends in, e.g. salinity or evaporation, across proxies based on high-resolution data from Tayma, so everybody got kinda excited… Analyses are ongoing, but first data-ladden papers have already been submitted.

Distribution of profile samples from trench Tay 300 (left) - and how they were taken in the field (right)
Distribution of profile samples from trench Tay 300 (left) – and how they were taken in the field (right)
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