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Scientific Drilling in Lake Malawi, East African Rift

Project Acronym: LMDP | State: Post Moratorium | Expedition ID: 5020

The top scientific objective of the project was to obtain a continuous, high-resolution (annual-decadal) record of past climates in the continental tropics over the past ~800 kyr. Other primary scientific objectives of the drilling program intersect several fields, including extensional basin evolution and neotectonics, evolutionary biology, and the environmental background to human origins. The critical role of the tropics in driving global circulation is widely recognized, but the climatic linkage between tropical Africa and the high latitudes at decadal-centennial through orbital timescales, has yet to be established.

Keywords: Africa, Malawi, Lake Drilling, Lake Malawi

Cores are stored at University of Minnesota at Minneapolis, Continental Scientific Drilling Facility, USA

Project Details

Project Location

Project Timeline


28 February - 19 March 2005

Full Proposal Approved

First Full Proposal Submitted

Workshop Held

11 -15 October 1999 in Club Makakola,Malawi

Workshop Proposal Approved

Preliminary Proposal Submitted