Topic: Caves

Rainfall in South Pacific Was More Variable Before 20th Century

Sept. 9, 2013

[caption id="attachment_41948" align="alignright" width="195" caption="Jud Partin inspects a stalagmite in Taurius Cave on the island of Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu. A stalagmite such as this one could be used in a paleoclimate reconstruction."]Jud Partin inspects a stalagmite in Taurius Cave on the island of Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu[/caption]

AUSTIN, Texas  A new reconstruction of climate in the South Pacific during the past 446 years shows rainfall varied much more dramatically before the start of the 20th century than after. The finding, based on an analysis of a cave formation called a stalagmite from the island nation of Vanuatu, could force climate modelers to adjust their models.

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