Journal Publications


Torfstein A., Hammerschmidt H., Friedrichsen H., Starinsky A., Garfunkel Z. and Kolodny Y. (in review) Helium isotopes in Dead Sea Transform waters. Chemical Geology.


Torfstein A., Goldstein S.L., Enzel Y. and Stein M. (2013) The impacts of abrupt climate changes in the Levant from last glacial Dead Sea levels. Quaternary Science Reviews, in press.


Torfstein A., Goldstein S.L., Kagan E. and Stein M. (2013) Integrated multi-site U-Th chronology of the last glacial Lake Lisan. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 104, p. 210-231. pdf


Torfstein A. (2012) Size fractionation, reproducibility and provenance of helium isotopes in north-equatorial pacific pelagic clays. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 339-340 p. 151-163. pdf


Torfstein A., Winckler G. and Tripati A. (2010) Productivity feedback did not terminate the PETM. Climate of the Past, 6, p. 265-272. pdf


Waldmann N, Torfstein A., Stein M. (2010) Northward migration of monsoon activity across the Saharo-Arabian desert belt during the last interglacial: evidence from the Levant. Geology, 38, p. 567-570. pdf


Stein M., Torfstein A., Gavrieli I. and Yechieli Y. (2010) Abrupt aridities and salt deposition in the post-glacial Dead Sea and their North Atlantic connection. Quaternary Science Reviews 29, p. 567-575. pdf


Torfstein A., Hasse-Schramm A., Waldmann N., Kolodny Y. and Stein M. (2009) U-series and oxygen isotope chronology of the mid-Pleistocene Lake Amora (Dead Sea basin). Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 73, p. 2603-2630. pdf


Torfstein A., Gavrieli I., Katz A., Kolodny Y. and Stein M. (2008) Gypsum as a monitor of the paleo- limnological-hydrological conditions in Lake Lisan and the Dead Sea. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 72, p. 2491-2509. pdf


Torfstein A., Gavrieli I. and Stein M. (2005) The sources and evolution of sulfur in the hypersaline Lake Lisan (paleo-Dead Sea). Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 236, p. 61-77. pdf


In preparation:


Torfstein et al., Provenance, weathering and comminution ages of late Quaternary Weddell Sea sediments


Torfstein A., Goldstein S.L., Stein M. and the DSDDP group, The catastrophic dry-down of the Dead Sea during the last interglacial.


Torfstein A. (in preparation for Computers and Geosciences) Uranium Series Data reduction and Calculation (USDAC): a Matlab program for the treatment of dirty carbonate dating.


Miscellaneous Publications


Torfstein A. (2012) The history of the ancient Dead Sea lakes, Melakh Haaretz, special series dedicated to Dead Sea studies (In Hebrew). pdf


Torfstein A. (2008) Brine-freshwater interplay and effects on the evolution of saline lakes: The Dead Sea Rift terminal lakes, Geological Survey of Israel. Report GSI/20/2008. pdf (this is an expanded version of my dissertation)


Torfstein A., Kagen E., Stein M. and Agnon A. (2007) Paleo-seismology and paleo-limnology in the Dead Sea Basin during the Quaternary: new studies of the Amora, Lisan and Ze’elim Formations, Annual Meeting, Israel Geological Society, Neve Zohar, Field trip guide, p. 105-132 (in Hebrew). pdf


Torfstein A. (2007) Lakes of the Dead Sea Rift: The history books of nature (part II), Teva Hadvarim, p. 100-101 (in Hebrew).


Select Talks


(2012) Provenance, weathering and comminution ages of late Quaternary Weddell Sea sediments. British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge.


(2012) Impacts of abrupt climate change in the Levant from last glacial Dead Sea levels. Cambridge University.


(2011) The Dead Sea lacustrine record as a dust archive. Comer Science and Education Foundation annual meeting (Invited).


(2011) Provenance and grain size effects of siliciclastic sediments in the Dead Sea basin from Pb-Sr-Nd isotopes and trace chemistry. Goldschmidt meeting, Prague.


(2010) Extra-terrestrial ³He as a flux proxy in sedimentary environments. Woods-Hole Oceanographic Institute (Invited).


(2009) A record of abrupt humid episodes during dry interglacials: the Dead Sea basin lakes. Comer Science and Education Foundation annual meeting (Invited).


(2009) Extra-terrestrial ³He: new applications in Paleoceanography. Weizmann Institute of Science.


(2008) Combined U-series and oxygen isotope chronology of a mid-Pleistocene lacustrine sequence: the Amora Formation, Dead Sea basin, Israel. Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Geochemistry seminar.


(2008) The chronology and limnological history of Lake Amora, the Dead Sea basin. Weizmann Institute of Science.


(2007) The sources and evolution of sulfur in the late Quaternary Dead Sea basin hypersaline lakes. Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, Rutgers University.


(2007) The Mystery Interval (17-14 ka) and cycles of gypsum deposition in the late Pleistocene Dead Sea basin lacustrine bodies. Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Geochemistry seminar.