El’gygytgyn Lake Scientific Drilling Project

Over 50 scientists from 4 countries are engaged in studies of the sediments from Lake El'gygytgyn, located in remote northeast Russia to recover hundreds of meters of lake sediment and impact breccia that will provide new insights into the climate evolution of the Arctic and the formation of the crater. The completion of the project in early May 2009 marks the end of years of challenging logistical planning and the development of international partnerships to share in the scientific goals of the project and the beginning of years of data analysis and understanding of our earth's climate. Lake El'gygytgyn, located 100 km (62 miles) north of the Arctic Circle (67°30' N, 172°05' E), was created 3.6 Million years ago (Ma) by a meteorite impact.

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May 1, 2009


Lake E
689400 Pevek

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The geological project was developed and organized by principle investigators from the four collaborating countries -- Julie Brigham-Grette (US chief, UMass Amherst), Martin Melles (German chief, Univ of Cologne), Pavel Minyuk (Russian chief, NEISRI Magadan) and Christian Koeberl (Austrian chief, Univ Vienna). The Lake El'gygytgyn Drilling Project is an international effort funded by the International Continental Drilling Program (ICDP), the US National Science Foundation Earth Sciences Division and Office of Polar Programs (NSF/EAR/OPP), the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF), Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI), GeoForschungsZentrum-Potsdam (GFZ), the Russian Academy of Sciences Far East Branch (RAS/FEB), Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR), and the Austrian Ministry for Science and Research. The leading Russian institutions include the Northeastern Interdisciplinary Scientific Research Institute (NEISRI), the Far East Geological Institute (FEGI), and Roshydromet's Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute (AARI). The deep drilling system for Arctic operations was developed by DOSECC Inc, and LacCore-University of Minnesota handled core curation. Pevek is the northernmost city in Russia. Lake El-gygytgyn is 350 km (217 mi) from Pevek.

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Julie Brigham-Grette

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Julie Brigham-Grette

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College of Natural Sciences/Geosciences

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Journal Article Report