Caving for Climate
Scientists are descending into caves on a small island in the middle
of the South Pacific to try and gain a better understanding of weather
patterns occurring as far back as 10,000 years ago.
The University of Alabama researchers are blogging about their experiences at http://research.ua.edu/2011/07/caving-for-climate/
by Dr. Paul Aharon and funded by the National Science Foundation, the
UA scientists (including Dr. W. Joe Lambert and doctoral student
Hillary Sletten) will remain on the island of Niue (pronounced new-ay)
until Aug. 5
The stalagmites in the island’s caves contain
about 10,000 years of rainfall records driven by El-Niño that can be
revealed through laboratory analysis. The UA group is looking to verify
the impact the El-Niño/La Niña patterns have had historically on
This could provide the scientists with more insight as to how our global weather patterns may continue changing.