Drilling of the Jubbah palaeolake

Drilling of Jubbah palaeolake in the Nefud Desert of Saudia Arabia. 

The Jubbah palaeolake has been successfully drilled, providing an unprecedented opportunity to examine environmental change in Saudi Arabia from the present and back to more than 500,000 years ago. It is expected that the drill cores will show fluctuations in the lake through time, from a deep water body to a dried up bed. Fluctuations in lake levels are likely to shed light on the ability of humans to live in the Nefud Desert during both wet and dry periods.  The project is supported by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, Saudi Aramco, and the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.