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November 22, 2014

A good day in Chew Bahir! The day ended near ~140 meters below surface. Still mostly clay with several potential tephra layers as well. Major thunderstorms and lightening surrounding the basin may be bringing heavy rains soon though. Hopefully nothing that halts progress for too long though. Stay tuned!

November 24, 2014

Progress continues at the Chew Bahir site. Hole 2B is past the sands and back into the clays with excellent recovery and currently at ~215 mbs. The weather is stable, but mosquitoes are in full force after the rains. Below are a few pictures of the aftermath of the rainstorm.

November 26, 2014

After a highly productive 24hrs collecting almost 90m of core the drilling rig was hit with a broken hydraulic line. Drilling is currently halted while the team attempts a temporary fix until the replacement parts arrive on Sunday. However, the 2B site is currently at ~266 mbs and the the drillers have a plan to attempt to punch through the aquifer zone that put an early end to hole 2A.

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On the Subject of HSPDP

HSPDP is an international scientific collaboration whose goal is to collect sediment drill cores for paleoclimate and paleoenviromental analysis in proximity to some of the world's most important fossil hominin and artifact sites. The objective of this research effort is to provide a detailed, continuous and high resolution enviromental context for human evolution for the areas where our early ancestors are known to have lived.

Hominin Sites and Paleolakes Drilling Project