NEW STABLE ISOTOPE RECORD FROM CHEW BAHIR, ETHIOPIA COVERING PAST 100KA
In March 2014, Chew Bahir was cored to a depth of ~40 metres, and the resulting sediment sequence is estimated to cover the last ~115ka. Oxygen isotopes from bulk endogenic carbonates at Chew Bahir are interpreted mainly as a proxy for water balance, with more positive values indicating drier periods and more negative values wetter periods. There is a shift at ~60 ka from more variable and possibly wetter conditions, to more stable and potentially drier conditions in more recent times. This could be related to change from West African Monsoon-dominated climate to Indian Monsoon-dominated climate.
Additionally, in December 2014, the site was drilled to a depth of ~280 metres as part of the Hominin Sites and Paleolakes Drilling Project. The cores were opened and sampling started at LacCore in April 2014. An update on the progress of the analysis of this much longer sequence will be given and any preliminary isotope data presented.