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  Information - SSP2 Strengths and limitations of speleothem archives (co-listed in CL & IG)

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Speleothems, or carbonates formed in caves, are becoming increasingly important as paleoenvironmental archives, primarily because they can be accurately and precisely dated from ca. 500 kyr to present using U-series techniques. Several recent studies have shown that speleothems faithfully record climate variability from orbital down to seasonal time scales, reflected by their stable oxygen and carbon isotopic compositions, as well as by changes in lamina thickness and trace elements. For this session, jointly organized by the Stratigraphy, Sedimentology and Paleontology, the Climate: Past, Present and Future and the Isotopes in Geosciences: Instrumentation and Applications Divisions, we welcome papers that address both the question of how climate events such as cold spells, rapid warmings or droughts are recorded in speleothems, and how these results compare to those from other archives and - most importantly - to instrumental records.

Preliminary List of Solicited Speakers
Hai Cheng (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis)
David Mattey (Royal Holloway, University of London)


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