UMD Researchers Return From Mexico

Researchers joined an international effort to drill for lake sediment in Mexico.

The group of local researchers joined an international effort to drill for lake sediment on the outskirts of Mexico City.

The team worked 24-hour-days, trading off 12-hour shifts, and were able to recover 1200 meters of sediment samples.

The samples represent the last six-hundred thousand years of climate patterns.

“Having a better understanding of what rainfall patterns were like in the past, under different global climate conditions, helps us to think about what changes might be going on in the future,” said Erik Brown, researcher. 

The Mexidrill program, as it’s called, has been in the planning stages since 2008 and will take years to fully analyze the findings.

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