My current research on temporal patterns has led to trying to find seasonal patterns inside
laminated sediments. The current focus is on pollen. The amount of pollen and type of pollen deposited
in the sediments varies throughout the year with the greatest amount and variation occurring during the spring.
In 2016, some colleagues working with palynologists
Dr. Lourdes Lopez-Merino and Dr. Suzanne Leroy published an article where they were
able to distinguish spring vs. fall deposition based on the pollen they found
in the sediments of the Dead Sea (see below). Since Earthquakes in dry areas like the Dead Sea frequently kick up a dust
cloud and the dust cloud should pull contemporary pollen off the ground, we should be able to example thin dust layers
deposited atop the seismites to determine the pollen that was present when the earthquake struck.
Then we can use the techniques developed by Lopez-Merino, Leroy and others to determine the time of year the
earthquake struck. If you scroll to the bottom of the page you can see a small but growing collection of videos showing
earthquake dust clouds.