University of Vermont

Cosmogenic Nuclide Laboratory and Geomorphology Research Group

Israeli Erosion and Sediment Dynamics



The surficial geology of Israel preserves a deep and fascinating record of arid-region as well as lacustrine and near-shore processes. We have studied several sites for different reasons. On the shorelines of the paleo-Dead Sea, Lake Lisan, we have collected clasts with the intention of dating previous high stands of the Lake; in the end, we didn't learn as much about dates as about the history of the clasts. In the southern Negev, we sampled Nahal Yael to compare cosmogenic, millenial-scale rates of erosion with those estimated over decadal scales by Asher Schick and co-workers.
People Working on this Project
Paul Bierman
Marc Caffee
Erik Clapp
Yehouda Enzel
Ari Matmon
Publications Related to this Project

Matmon, A., Crouvi, O., Enzel, Y., Bierman, P., Larsen, J., Porat, N., Amit, R., and Caffee, M., 2003, Complex exposure histories of chert clasts in the late Pleistocene shorelines of Lake Lisan, southern Israel: Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, v. 28, p. 493-506. (download pdf)

Clapp, E.M., Bierman, P.R., Schick, A.P., Lekach, J., Enzel, Y., and Caffee, M., 2000, Sediment yield exceeds sediment production in arid region drainage basins: Geology, v. 28, p. 995-998. (download pdf)

Abstracts Related to this Project

Enzel, Y., Amit, R., Lekach, J., Porat, N., Grodek, T., Bierman, P., and Erel, Y., 2007, Impact of climatic change on an arid watershed: Nahal Yael, Israel: Evaluating Bull and Schick's 1979 model with new field data and IRSL ages from Nahal Yael: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 39, p. 514. (download pdf)

Matmon, A., Crouvi, O., Enzel, Y., Bierman, P.R., Larsen, J., Amit, R., Porat, N., and Caffee, M., 2003, Cosmogenic and OSL dating of the late Pleistocene shorelines of Lake Lisan, southern Israel; two different histories: Congress of the International Union for Quaternary Research, v. 16, p. 228. (download pdf)

Clapp, E.M., Bierman, P.R., and Caffee, M.W., 1999, Sediment generation and export rates in the Nahal Yael drainage basin, determined from cosmogenic 10Be and 26Al, Negev Desert, southern Israel: Geological Society of America, 1999 annual meeting Abstracts with Programs - Geological Society of America, v. 31, p. 256. (download pdf)

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