Press release for students - Fire clues in cave dripwater

Planet Press

From EGU, July 21, 2016  --  Researchers in Australia and the UK have found that stalagmites and stalactites can be used to help trace past wildfires that burned above the cave. Fires change the chemistry of the water above ground, and these subtle changes leave traces in the stalactites and stalagmites that form when the water drips in the caves underground.

Click here for a PDF (link is external) of the full kid-friendly article with an image that can be printed as a student handout or viewed online (link is external).  This article was published July 21, 2016.  This is a kids version of the EGU article: "Press Release (link is external): Fire clues in cave dripwater – researchers find wildfire signatures in cave formations for the first time."

 

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