A new study that was published in Science Advance.
The research was led by Prof. Elisabetta Boaretto and Dr. Bridget Alex from the Weizmann institute involving researchers from the GSI and other institutions and helps understanding the spread of modern humans with Upper Paleolithic traditions (~46000-34000 years ago) from the Levant to Europe and vice versa. Uranium-thorium dating was conducted by Mira Bar-Matthews, Avner Ayalon and Gal Yasur.
The Geological Survey opened its gate last weekend as part of the "Houses from within" event
More than 170 people from Jerusalem and around the country participated in guided tours. These included a review on the history of the GSI and our compound, a visit to one of the historical buildings with original painted tiles, a hearth and a cistern, and a tour in the core archive and the scanning electron microscope.
The GSI has participated in the national earthquake drill 2017 11.6.2017.
GSI scientists analyzed seismic and geological data and produced earthquake scenario maps and hazard maps, (Scenario maps run by Hazus and 'veronic' module) which were transferred in real time to the National Committee for Earthquake Preparedness, to the Civil Defense and to the Police.
The 12th EURO-Conference on Rock Physics and Geo-mechanics was held in Ma'ale HaHamisha, Israel, on November 5th 2017 and attended by some 55 attendees.
The relatively small group created an intimate atmosphere that allowed for in depth discussions. The program in¬cluded 35 talks and 15 posters covering fundamental processes in fault mechanics, static and dynamic deformation, fault healing/sealing, time dependent deformation, and induced seismicity. The theme for this conference was “Bridging between Rock Physics and Structural Geology” and in conjunction there was a one day field trip to deformation zones along the Dead Sea transform that included soft sediment deformation, a salt diapir, sinkholes, and an active fault zone. The Desert’s spectacular outcrops and beautiful November weather triggered many good discussions.
On 8.11.2017 Prof. Haruo Hayash., the president of the National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Resilience (NIED) in Japan, visited the Geological Survey. The visit was held in coope
The guest introduced NIED and Japan's preparedness for earthquakes. The director of the Geological Survey, Dr. Rivka Amit, presented the GSI's research activities and researchers from the GSI gave lectures on our research concerning geological hazards. This was followed by a tour of the Dead Sea, including observation of sinkholes, hydrology, water columns and earthquakes.