From 13 to 26 June 2016 the Natural History Museum Vienna is carrying out core drilling research at Hallstätter See lake in cooperation with the University of Innsbruck and the German Research Centre for Geosciences in Potsdam. Following similar work in May 2012, two drilling locations in the middle of the lake have been selected to extract 20m-long sediment cores. Through this work the team of researchers hope to learn more about the environment and climate in prehistoric times. Sediment from lakes provides important information about the development of temperatures, precipitation levels and floods as well as plant life around the lake, rockfalls and landslides.

credit: Achim Brauer GFZ