Our recent reconstruction of paleosalinity (and the related lake levels) using the diatom record from Lake Van is available on-line:
North, S. M., Stockhecke, M., Tomonaga, Y., & Mackay, A. W. (2017). Analysis of a fragmentary diatom record from Lake Van (Turkey) reveals substantial lake-level variability during previous interglacials MIS7 and MIS5e. J. Paleolimnol., doi:10.1007/s10933-017-9973-z.
Thanks to Sam, Mona, and Ans for this fruitful collaborative work!
The following links will bring you to the media release published at the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag) and at the Institute of Geological Sciences of the University of Bern!
Please note that the media release is available also in German and French.
The manuscript representing the joint effort of the Swiss ICDP PaleoVan science crew has been published in Scientific Reports:
Tomonaga, Y., Brennwald, M. S., Livingstone, D. M., Kwiecien, O., Randlett, M.-È., Stockhecke, M., Unwin, K., Anselmetti, F. S., Beer, J., Haug, G. H., Schubert, C. J., Sturm, M., & Kipfer, R. (2017). Porewater salinity reveals past lake-level changes in Lake Van, the Earth’s largest soda lake. Sci. Rep., 7, 313, doi:10.1038/s41598-017-00371-w.
In this manuscript we show that porewater salinity can be used to reconstruct major changes in the water volume of Lake Van (eastern Anatolia, Turkey) over a time span of 250’000 years.