Dead Sea project, located in Ein Gedi, Israel, a 2011-2012 scientific core drilling services project that was ICDP-funded.
The Dead Sea as a Global Paleo-environmental, Tectonic and Seismic Archive
A borehole in the deep basin of the Dead Sea (at water depth of ~200m) will recover a continuous sequence of the Pleistocene-Holocene sedimentary record. The core will provide a high-resolution record of the paleoenvironmental climatic, seismic and geomagnetic history (in scales ranging from sub-stage, through millennial, to sub decadal) of the East Mediterranean region.
Additionally this sequence will serve as a basic scale for basin development studies of this extraordinary sedimentary environment (e.g. salt formation) and the understanding of the geotectonic environment along the Dead Sea Transform fault.