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Lake Van Drilling Project

Project Acronym: PALEOVAN | State: Completed | Expedition ID: 5034

Lake Van in Turkey is an excellent paleoclimate archive comprising long high resolution annually laminated sediment records covering several glacial-interglacial cycles. The lake is situated on the high plateau of eastern Anatolia and has a surface area of 3,522 km2. Its maximum depth is 451 m and its length is 130 km. It is the fourth largest of all terminal lakes in the world and contains highly alkaline waters.

Keywords: Asia, Turkey, Anatolia, Lake Van, Climate Change, Global Environment, Lake Drilling, Paleoclimatology, Quaternary, Varved Record

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Project Timeline

Post Drilling Workshops

5 - 6 September 2011 in Zurich, Switzerland
22 April 2012 in Vienna, Austria
1 - 2 November 2012 in Bonn, Germany
7 - 8 September 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey


2 July - 26 August 2010

Workshop 2 Held

28 - 29 January 2010 in Bonn, Germany

Full Proposal Approved

Workshop 1 Held

6 - 10 June 2006 in Van, Turkey

Workshop Proposal Approved