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Dead Sea Deep Drilling Project



Dead SeaA borehole in the deep basin of the Dead Sea (at water depth of ~200m) will recover a continuous sequence of the Pleistocene-Holocene sedimentary record. The core will provide a high-resolution record of the paleoenvironmental climatic, seismic and geomagnetic history (in scales ranging from sub-stage, through millennial, to sub decadal) of the East Mediterranean region.

Additionally this sequence will serve as a basic scale for basin development studies of this extraordinary sedimentary environment (e.g. salt formation) and the understanding of the geotectonic environment along the Dead Sea Transform fault.

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Asia, Israel, Jordan, Dead Sea



31.4° N, 35.4° E (Please scroll down to end of page for more information.)


Project Start and End

Start of drilling was November 2010, it ended in March 2011


Programs and Funding


Principal Investigators
  • Mordechai (Moti) Stein, Geological Survey of Israel, Geochemistry
  • Zvi Ben-Avraham, Tel Aviv University, Department of Geophysics, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences
  • Steven L. Goldstein, Columbia University, The Earth Institute, Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory
  • Hans Joachim (Achim) Brauer, German Research Centre for Geosciences, Section 5.2, Climate Dynamics and Landscape Evolution
  • Amotz Agnon, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Institute of Earth Sciences
  • Gerald H. Haug, Max-Planck-Institute Mainz for Chemistry, Department of Climate Geochemistry
  • Hiroyuki Kitagawa, Nagoya University, Graduate School of Environmental Studies
  • Daniel Raul Ariztegui, Université de Genève, Sciences de la Terre et de l'environnement, Limnogeology and Geomicrobiology
  • Emi Ito, University of Minnesota at Minneapolis, Department of Earth Sciences


Cooperating Principal Investigators

No Co-PIs found for this project


Partners and Contractors



Asia, Dead Sea, Dead Sea Basin, DSB, DSDDP, Human Migration, ICDP-2009/05, Israel, Jordan, Lake Drilling, Paleoclimate, Paleoseismology, Rift Tectonics


Current State



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