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Press Release 09-112

Scientists Return from Expedition to Drill Beneath Frozen Russian Lake

Retrieve longest Arctic sediment record under Siberia's Lake El'gygytgyn

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Photo of the project site near the center of Lake El'gygytgyn; the lake's eastern rim is visible.

The project site was near the center of Lake El'gygytgyn; the lake's eastern rim is visible.

Credit: Julie Brigham-Grette, University of Massachusetts


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Photo of the international field team at the drill site.

The international field team is assembled at the drill site in the middle of Lake E after reaching bedrock in mid-April. The scientists were from the U.S., Germany, Russia and Austria.

Credit: Volker Wennrich, University of Cologne


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Photo of the field camp on the shore that housed 40 scientists and staff members for four months.

A field camp on the shore of Lake E housed 40 scientists and staff members for four months.

Credit: Julie Brigham-Grette, University of Massachusetts


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Photo showing an aerial view of the camp on shore, 100 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle.

An aerial view of the Lake E camp on shore, 100 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle.

Credit: Julie Brigham-Grette, University of Massachusetts


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Photo of scientists at work investigating the past climate history of the Arctic region.

Scientists investigate the past climate history of the Arctic; shown are Martin Melles, University of Cologne, Julie Brigham-Grette, University of Massachusetts, and Pavel Minyuk, NEISRI-RAS-Magadan.

Credit: Julie Brigham-Grette, University of Massachusetts


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Photo of U.S. and Russian drillers recovering cores.

The lake's thick ice cover was used as a platform by U.S. and Russian drillers to recover cores.

Credit: Julie Brigham-Grette, University of Massachusetts


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