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‘Like a metronome’: stalagmite growth found to be surprisingly constant

To look inside a stalagmite is to look back in time tens of thousands of years to see how the Earth’s climate patterns have shaped the world we live in today. In a global investigation into the growth properties of stalagmites distributed across the world, scientists found that while growth fluctuations due to climate events are evident in the shorter period, stalagmite growth over the longer periods – tens of thousands of years – are surprisingly linear.

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