Diatoms and paleosalinity in Lake Van during MIS5e and MIS7e

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!

Paper on the past lake-level changes in Lake Van (Turkey)

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.