Towuti Drilling Project Launch

April 29, 2015
Coring system on Lake Towuti

Researchers in the Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences, led by Prof. Jim Russell, are traveling to Indonesia this weekend to launch a 2-month project to drill long sediment cores from the floor of Lake Towuti, a large tectonic lake hosted in the East Sulawesi ophiolite. They will be leading a team of ~40 scientists to investigate the climate and environmental history of the region recorded in these cores, and the geomicrobiology of the lake's metal-rich sediments.
For anyone who would like to follow the action, the team will post daily updates from the field, photos, and video to the project webpage: