Yoav Ben Dor

Yoav Ben Dor
Geological Survey of Israel

Doctor of Philosophy
Researcher at the Geochemistry and Environmental Geology Division

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Introduction
In my current research I focus on the environmental conditions and the properties of soils in the Levant that could have provided prehistoric humans with the advantages required to initiate the Neolithic Agriculture Revolution (NAR) following the end of the last glacial period (~15th to 11th millennium BP).
Additional affiliations
January 2021 - present
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Position
  • PostDoc Position
December 2015 - January 2021
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Position
  • PhD Student
October 2013 - December 2015
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Position
  • Master's Student
Education
January 2016 - January 2021
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Field of study
  • Hydrology and Water Resources Management
October 2013 - December 2015
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Field of study
  • Geology
October 2010 - October 2013
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Field of study
  • Earth Science

Publications

Publications (42)
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The great Cambro-Ordovician sandstone succession of northern Gondwana is one of the most voluminous siliciclastic deposits on Earth. Its deposition took place following the Neoproterozoic Pan-African Orogeny and the consolidation of Gondwana, a crucial episode in Earth history. Its provenance is of great importance for reconstructing palaeogeograph...
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Identifying climates favoring extreme weather phenomena is a primary aim of paleoclimate and paleohydrological research. Here, we present a well-dated, late Holocene Dead Sea sediment record of debris flows covering 3.3 to 1.9 cal ka BP. Twenty-three graded layers deposited in shallow waters near the western Dead Sea shore were identified by microf...
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The Sahara was wetter and greener during multiple interglacial periods of the Quaternary, when some have suggested it featured very large (mega) lakes, ranging in surface area from 30,000 to 350,000 km ² . In this paper, we review the physical and biological evidence for these large lakes, especially during the African Humid Period (AHP) 11–5 ka. M...
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The sedimentary record of the Dead Sea provides an exceptional high-resolution archive of past climate changes in the drought-sensitive eastern Mediterranean-Levant, a key region for the development of humankind at the boundary of global climate belts. Moreover, it is the only deep hypersaline lake known to have deposited long sequences of finely l...
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Provenancing archeological artefacts and “whole rock” fragments, such as cobbles and pebbles, is cardinal for studying past societies and reconstructing geomorphological and sedimentary processes, respectively. Determining the provenance of archaeological artefacts is useful for the study of human mobility, trade routes, raw material procurement st...
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Evaluating the impact and implications of eolian repositories that mark large-scale climatic transitions requires knowledge about the timing of their emplacement and the mechanisms responsible for their production, which remain highly uncertain. Here we apply numerical modeling of cosmogenic nuclide data, measured in the largest continuous terrestr...
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The extensivity of sand dunes in continental interiors testifies to the importance of understanding their morphodynamical properties and their dating for palaeoenvironmental reconstructions and for interpreting landscape evolution. Nevertheless, the study of eolian landscape evolution at the million-years timescale is hampered by the complex intera...
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Identifying the geological sources of archaeological flint is crucial to various studies in prehistoric research. Here we present a study of flint sources in southern Israel using elemental analysis. Six Neolithic quarries and three geological outcrops of several geological formations were sampled and analyzed by ICP-MS in order to investigate whet...
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In-depth understanding of the reorganization of the hydrological cycle in response to global climate change is crucial in highly sensitive regions like the eastern Mediterranean, where water availability is a major factor for socioeconomic and political development. The sediments of Lake Lisan provide a unique record of hydroclimatic change during...
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Tracking the geological origin of raw materials and archaeological artifacts (provenance studies) is fundamental to understanding key aspects of ancient societies, including mobility and trade patterns. In this study, a novel probabilistic approach was developed and applied on datasets of trace element composition of flint (chert) from potential so...
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During the Neolithic agricultural revolution (NAR), which took place at the Pleistocene-Holocene transition, human societies developed agrarian lifeways in the Fertile Crescent, coupled later with the early domestication of crops, coinciding with the transition from the Natufian to PPNA (Pre-Pottery Neolithic A) cultures in the Levant. The Fazael F...
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Evaluating the impact and implications of eolian repositories that mark large-scale climatic transitions requires knowledge about the timing of their emplacement and the mechanisms responsible for their production, which remain highly uncertain. We apply numerical modeling of cosmogenic nuclide data, measured in the largest continuous terrestrial b...
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Professor Kenneth J. Gregory was a major contributor to fluvial palaeohydrological research. Beginning in the early 1980s, under his influence, rapid international growth of the discipline was accompanied by major advances in research methods and techniques. Current research emphases include applications of quantitative modeling and meta‐analysis;...
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Annual and decadal-scale hydroclimatic variability describes key characteristics that are embedded into climate in situ and is of prime importance in subtropical regions. The study of hydroclimatic variability is therefore crucial to understand its manifestation and implications for climate derivatives such as hydrological phenomena and water avail...
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The onset and intensification of eolian activity mark climatic transitions that promote wide-scale aridification, recorded by the generation and preservation of massive sand deposits. Evaluating the impact and implications of such repositories on Earth systems requires knowledge about the timing of their emplacement and the mechanisms responsible f...
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Establishing sedimentary rocks' provenance is imperative for understanding the continental-scale processes from formation to deposition. In contrast with heavy minerals and feldspars, which are primary minerals, clays are weathering products. Hence no strighforward link to rock type at the origin. In the current presentation, three siliciclastics s...
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The Neolithic agricultural revolution (NAR) was manifested in the cultivation and domestication of wild plants in different regions of the “Fertile Crescent” around the 11th millennium BP. In spite of many years of research, the key drivers and the underlying conditions that made the Neolithic agricultural revolution possible are still debated. Pre...
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The Neolithic agricultural revolution (NAR) is related to the early domestication of crop plants and the establishment of a sedentary-agrarian lifestyle in the Fertile Crescent during the early Holocene. Albeit many years of research, the key drivers of the Neolithic agricultural revolution and the underlying conditions that made it possible are st...
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The extensivity of sand dunes in continental interiors makes the understanding of their morphodynamical properties and time of appearance valuable for palaeoenvironmental reconstructions and for the interpretation of landscape evolution. Nevertheless, the study of eolian landscape evolution at the million-years timescale is hampered by the complex...
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The wide spatial coverage of sand dunes in continental interiors makes the understanding of their activity and accumulation history valuable for palaeoenvironmental reconstructions and the interpretation of landscape evolution. Nevertheless, the study of aeolian landscape development at the million‐year timescale is hampered by the complex interact...
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The sedimentary record of the endorheic Dead Sea and its precursors comprises aragonite laminae that make up an environmental archive extending into the Pleistocene, partially in annual resolution. Nevertheless, despite the importance of resolving the conditions that facilitate aragonite precipitation in the Dead Sea, contradictions exist between r...
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The extensivity of sand dunes in continental interiors makes the understating of their morphodynamical properties valuable for palaeoenvironmental reconstructions and the interpretation of landscape evolution. Nevertheless, the study of aeolian landscape development at the million-years timescale is hampered by the complex interaction of factors de...
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Carbonate minerals are common in marine and lacustrine records, and are frequently used for paleoenvironmental reconstructions. The sedimentary sequence of the endorheic Dead Sea and its precursors contain aragonite laminae that provide a detailed sedimentary archive of climatic, hydrologic, limnologic and environmental conditions since the Pleisto...
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Annual and decadal-scale hydroclimatic variability is a key characteristic embedded into climate insitu. It is therefore crucial to study hydroclimatic variability in order to understand its effects on climate derivatives such as hydrological processes and water availability. However, the study of this variability from modern records is limited due...
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In the comment on “Varves of the Dead Sea sedimentary record.” Quaternary Science Reviews 215 (Ben Dor et al., 2019): 173–184. by R. Bookman, two recently published papers are suggested to prove that the interpretation of the laminated sedimentary sequence of the Dead Sea, deposited mostly during MIS2 and Holocene pluvials, as annual deposits (i.e....
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Megalakes in the Sahara? A Review – ADDENDUM - Volume 90 Issue 2 - Jay Quade, Elad Dente, Moshe Armon, Yoav Ben Dor, Efrat Morin, Ori Adam, Yehouda Enzel
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Sand deposits cover extensive areas both in the northern and southern hemispheres and the timing and chronology and processes that govern their dynamics are of major interest. Luminescence-based dating methods, are used to date episodic aeolian events but are restricted to late Quaternary deposits, and only reveal the last cycle of sediment burial...
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Floods make up a dominant hydroclimatological phenomenon in arid lands and bear significant implications for humans, infrastructure design, and landscape evolution worldwide. However, determining flood frequency during changing climate is rarely achieved because modern and paleoflood records, especially in arid regions, are often too short or disco...
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Floods comprise a dominant hydroclimatic phenomenon in aridlands with significant implications for humans, infrastructure, and landscape evolution worldwide. The study of short-term hydroclimatic variability, such as floods, and its forecasting for episodes of changing climate therefore poses a dominant challenge for the scientific community, and p...
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Floods comprise a dominant hydroclimatic phenomenon in aridlands with significant implications for humans, infrastructure, and landscape evolution worldwide. The study of short-term hydroclimatic variability, such as floods, and its forecasting for episodes of changing climate therefore poses a dominant challenge for the scientific community, and p...
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Conclusive understanding of the relationship between extreme-flow-producing torrential rainstorms and the long-term climate trend is crucial for developing future scenarios and assessing of impacts of global and regional climate change. Here we present a unique record of late Holocene torrential rainstorms, which accumulate during a multi-century r...
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The Dead Sea is a hypersaline, terminal lake located within the Dead Sea basin at the lowest continental elevation on Earth (∼425 m below mean sea level). Extreme hydro-meteorological events in terms of flash floods occur regularly during the wet season in the Dead Sea basin and adjacent mountain ranges. However, little is known about the impact of...
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Studying the provenance of the Cambro-Ordovician sedimentary sequence of Northern Gondwana has great implications on our understanding of the continental-scale erosion and sedimentation that took place in the aftermath of the Pan African Orogeny. In this study, heavy minerals, clays and K-feldspars were studied using isotope-geochemistry of Sr, Nd...
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Studying the provenance of the Cambro-Ordovician sedimentary sequence of Northern Gondwana has great implications on our understanding of the continental scale erosion and sedimentation that took place in the aftermath of the Pan African Orogeny. In this study, heavy minerals, clays and K-feldspars were studied using isotope-geochemistry of Sr, Nd...
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Guide book prepared for The Batsheva de Rothschild Seminar on Atmospheric Dust, Dust Deposits (Loess) and Soils in Deserts and the Desert Fringe. Held at Jerusalem & the Negev, Israel, 14th-19th October 2015
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Recent U-Pb dating of single-grain detrital zircons of the Cambro-Ordovician siliciclastic sequence of Northern Gondwana have indicated a dominant contribution of zircons of Mesoproterozoic to Early Paleoproterozoic Hf-model ages. These results challenge the previously-suggested dominant contribution of sediments from the juvenile Arabian Nubian Sh...
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The Cambrian siliciclastic sequence of Northern Gondwana, exposed in southern Israel, represents the first accumulation of terrigenous sediments on the Israeli continental shelf. Intrinsic to their nature, the source of these siliciclastic sediments is difficult to define. Due to their pivotal stratigraphic position, identifying the sources of the...
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The Cambrian siliciclastic sequence of Northern Gondwana is exposed in southern Israel and represents the first accumulation of terrigenous sediments on the Israeli continental shelf. Due to their pivotal stratigraphic position, understanding the Cambrian Amudei Shelomo (AS) and Shehoret (SH) formations can shed light on the source of the Phanerozo...

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