Bahru Zinaye Asegahegn: Late Quaternary environmental change on the Southeastern Ethiopian Highlands inferred from the recently dried up Lake Haramaya

by Bahru Zinaye Asegahegn,
University of Cologne

Lacustrine sediments are considered to be the most common, usually long and reliable continental climate archives. This project focuses on the reconstruction of environmental conditions, by using lake sediment cores and geochemical proxies, since the time frame of first appearance of Anatomically Modern Humans (AMH) in Ethiopia and their dispersal across and out of Africa to elucidate the reason behind the movement with regard to the different “out of Africa” hypotheses. Furthermore, understanding the past environment and the human response to the changing climate and environmental conditions is vital for devising a mechanism to adapt to the new environment. Here, we will present the study site, its current geo-environmental setting, the methodologies we use and the preliminary results.

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Date, Time:27/01/2020, 14:15 h – 15:45 h

Location: Hörsaal Geologie (310/EG/030), Zülpicher Str. 49a, Cologne
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