Nature Education: Earth systems - now online

Posted 3 May 2012

Sampling drip water from speleothem. (Courtesy: Ian Fairchild)

Nature has launched the latest of its Nature Education on-line series, 'Earth systems'.

The series focuses on various surface environments and their relationship with climate, including glaciers, deserts, coastal dunes, rivers, underwater ocean seascapes. It also explores how humans are impacting our climate and natural environments, and some potential consequences of those impacts, such as sea level rise, ocean acidification, and groundwater contamination.

Three topic rooms cover 'Earth's Climate: Past, Present and Future', 'Terrestrial Geosystems' and 'Marine Geosystems',

CWI Andy Baker is a contributor to the Terrestrial Geosystems topic room with a co-authored article Drip water hydrology and speleothems.

The article outlines how surface water that infiltrates upper soil and rock layers and seeps into caves can form crystalline speleothem deposits that provide a record of conditions at the surface over time.

Click here to read the article.

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