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Natural attrition and growth frequency variations of stalagmites in southwest Sulawesi over the past 530,000 years

Scroxton, Nicholas; Gagan, Michael; Dunbar, Gavin; Ayliffe, Linda; Hantoro, Wahyoe; Shen, Chuan-Chou; Hellstrom, John Charles; Zhao, Jian-xin; Cheng, Hai; Edwards, Lawrence; Sun, Hailong; Rifai, Hamdi

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Previous studies have analysed the age distributions of stalagmites harvested from multiple caves and inferred important palaeoclimate changes that explain stalagmite growth phases. However, stalagmites may grow over tens of thousands of years; thus, they are irreplaceable. The value of speleothems to science must be weighed against their potential and current aesthetic and cultural value. In this study, we show that some palaeoclimate information can be extracted from a cave system without the...[Show more]

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Date published: 2016
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/103500
Source: Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology
DOI: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2015.10.030

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