Suzanne Leroy, Institute for the Environment
Mountains, Deserts and Aquatic Environments surrounding The Caspian and Aral Seas
There is little known about the environment of the Caspian Sea, an ecosystem that has changed tremendously with time--its sea levels changing 100 times faster than those of the global oceans! In order to understand the full range of changes, we need to look back in time. Sediment, topsoil, soil mosses and lagoon mud act as a time capsule through which we can interpret past environmental and climatic conditions, as well as assess present conditions. This study will supply Suzanne Leroy with fossils in modern sediment, offering a way to understand worldwide climatic conditions and in turn interpret an ancient climate.