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Dead Sea Deep Drilling Project

Project Acronym: DSDDP | State: Completed | Expedition ID: 5017

A 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.

Keywords: Asia, Israel, Dead Sea, Dead Sea Basin, Human Migration, Lake Drilling, Paleoclimate, Paleoseismology, Rift Tectonics

Project Details

Project Location

Project Timeline

Post Drilling Workshop

9 - 11 November 2014

Sampling Party 2

17 October - 4 November 2011

Sampling Party 1

6 - 30 June 2011


21 November 2010 - 28 March 2011

Full Proposal Approved

First Full Proposal Submitted

Workshop Held

27 - 28 January 2002

Workshop Proposal Approved

Preliminary Proposal Submitted