569 meters of core, 1.2 million years of history, and a multi-disciplinary international team of scientists: It can only be the ICDP SCOPSCO Lake Ohrid Deep Drilling Project! Last fortnight the project held it's 4th workshop at the University of Hull. Jack Lacey, PhD student in the Centre for Environmental Geochemistry, tells us about the project and reports on the meeting…
Lake Ohrid is situated on the border between Macedonia and Albania, and is Europe’s oldest lake. It has an outstanding biodiversity, containing hundreds of organisms that are not found anywhere else on the planet. These factors contribute to it being designated a UNESCO world heritage site and provide a unique opportunity to study the links between biological evolution, geological processes and environmental events. An international team of scientists, including myself and my PhD supervisor Melanie Leng from the Centre for Environmental Geochemistry, British Geological Survey, are working to reconstruct the geological and biological history of Lake Ohrid, from its initial formation over 1.3 million years ago to present day.
|Workshop group photo|
|Ohrid Landsat Map|
Special thanks go to Jane Reed (University of Hull) for hosting and organising the event, and enabling such a successful and productive meeting to take place.
To find out more about the Lake Ohrid drilling project visit the SCOPSCO website, or the ICDP project page.
By Jack Lacey
@JackHLacey (BGS BUFI-funded student at the University of Nottingham within the Centre for Environmental Geochemistry)