Baikal Drilling Project

on geochronology and paleoclimate change

The climate of the Baikal region is characterized by a high degree of continentality. In addition, Lake Baikal has never been glaciated in its 20-25 million year history. The paleoclimate research at Lake Baikal is therefore important because offers unparalleled opportunities to recover a relatively high latitude record of the continental response to atmospheric forcing isolated from marine influences due to its mid-continent position. The sedimentary record of Baikal is also extremely long and continuous with sedimentation rates varying from 1 cm/ky to 1 m/ky. The Baikal record therefore offers exciting opportunities to study paleoclimate change on a variety of temporal scales and resolutions.

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