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 Quaternary History & Education Opportunities of the Selenga River Delta in Russia

Brandon McElroy

Brandon McElroy, University of Wyoming

Publication Date: 2018
Department: Geology and Geophysics
Location: Selenga River Delta, Buryatia, Russia 
Team: Brandon McElroy & Shaelynn Kaufman

Research Question
What is the Quaternary history of the delta and its stratigraphy, and how are they related to quaternary changes in the Selenga River basin? 

Significance
The Selenga River delta is a RAMSAR wetland and Lake Baikal is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Locals use the delta as a significant agricultural ground as well. Results will have implications for planned basin water management between Mongolia and Russia.

Methods Used
Field geologic mapping and geomorphic analysis coupled with cosmogenic dating of surfaces.

Conclusions/Outcomes
An NSF proposal in which the quaternary history of the Selenga Delta is an aspect.

A presentation at the Bringing Together Selenga-Baikal Workshop in Ulan Bataar in August

A peer-reviewed manuscript reflecting analysis of Quaternary depositional history and its implications for modern Selenga management.

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