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Beneath the Dead Sea, Scientists Are Drilling for Natural History
NYT ^ | 17 Dec 2010 | Beneath the Dead Sea, Scientists Are Drilling for Natural History

Posted on 12/18/2010 3:55:56 PM PST by smokingfrog

EIN GEDI, Israel — Five miles out, nearly to the center of the Dead Sea, an international team of scientists has been drilling beneath the seabed to extract a record of climate change and earthquake history stretching back half a million years.

The preliminary evidence and clues found halfway through the 40-day project are more than the team could have hoped for. The scientists did not expect to pull up a wood fragment that was roughly 400,000 years old. Nor did they expect to come across a layer of gravel from a mere 50,000 to 100,000 years ago. That finding would seem to indicate that what is now the middle of the Dead Sea — which is really a big salt lake — was once a shore, and that the water level had managed to recover naturally.

“We knew the lake went through high levels and lower levels,” said Prof. Zvi Ben-Avraham, a leading Dead Sea expert and the driving force behind the project, “but we did not know it got so low.” Professor Ben-Avraham, a member of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities and chief of the Minerva Dead Sea Research Center at Tel Aviv University, had been pushing for such a drilling operation for 10 years.

The idea was to bore under the sea and extract a continuous geological core that, once analyzed, could supply information of global importance on natural processes and environmental changes.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Israel; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: catastrophism; climate; deadsea; godsgravesglyphs; iceage

1 posted on 12/18/2010 3:56:02 PM PST by smokingfrog
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To: smokingfrog

oops..

by Isabel Kershner


2 posted on 12/18/2010 3:58:00 PM PST by smokingfrog (Do all the talking you want, but do what I tell you.)
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To: SunkenCiv

rehash ping.


3 posted on 12/18/2010 3:58:22 PM PST by Jet Jaguar (WE'RE SCREWED '08)
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To: SunkenCiv

Of interest ping?


4 posted on 12/18/2010 3:59:07 PM PST by Outlaw Woman
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To: smokingfrog

Let NOTHING interfere with the anthropogenic theory of global warming!!


5 posted on 12/18/2010 4:20:38 PM PST by mongo141
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To: smokingfrog
Dead Sea - great place to go for a swim, er, rather a "bob".
Fascinating place.
6 posted on 12/18/2010 4:33:58 PM PST by Psalm 73 ("Gentlemen, you can't fight in here - this is the War Room".)
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To: smokingfrog

Which means the Know it alls...didn’t know it all....


7 posted on 12/18/2010 4:43:17 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: smokingfrog
The scientists did not expect to pull up...

...a Three-fer Thursday Buy-One-Get-One-Free medallion from the Cities of the Plain Bath House and Pub perfectly preserved in hardened bitumen and salt.
8 posted on 12/18/2010 4:50:33 PM PST by aruanan
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To: smokingfrog
Beneath the Dead Sea

9 posted on 12/18/2010 4:57:10 PM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: smokingfrog

“Beneath the Dead Sea, Scientists Are Drilling for Natural History”

I think we’d all be better off if they forgot about the “history” and started drilling for oil again.


10 posted on 12/18/2010 8:51:20 PM PST by Grumplestiltskin (I may look new, but it's only deja vu!)
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To: olga13

It sounds like the scientists found more that they hoped for.
Maybe we all could learn something about the past of the region this way.
Meanwhile did you know that the Dead sea itself has been chosen as one of the 28 finalists in the new7wonders campaign (you can vote here http://www.votedeadsea.com )


11 posted on 12/19/2010 5:33:23 AM PST by olga13
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12 posted on 12/19/2010 4:49:58 PM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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