|Skyline of Minneapolis|
I'm a Post Doctoral Research Assistant based in the Stable Isotope Facility at BGS Keyworth. In April, myself and 14 other scientists from the UK, Germany and Ethiopia flew out to Minneapolis. We were there to begin our study of half a kilometre of sediment cores that were taken from an ancient lake on the Ethiopian-Kenyan border last year. Our multi-million pound project, funded by NERC, ICDP and German and American funding bodies, aims to help us to understand how climate and vegetation has changed over the past 500,000 years, and is part of a wider project that involved the drilling of 5 lakes across the region. The UK team is led by Prof. Henry Lamb from Aberystwyth University.
|Our home for a week, 6 stories underground, at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis|
|The cores were then split in half lengthways, so we could see the patterns of sediments inside, and so we could take samples for analysis back in our home labs.|
|Scanning the cores.|
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