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Caption: A cave explorer admires the towering "Night Watchmen" stalagmites found in a dry fossil passage of Whiterock Cave in Gunung Mulu National Park, Malaysia. Tropical stalagmites are invaluable climate archives as they record changes in rainfall over hundreds of thousands of years. This image relates to a paper that appeared in the May 3, 2012, issue of Science Express, published by AAAS. The paper, by Anna Nele Meckler at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, Calif., and colleagues was titled, "Interglacial Hydroclimate in the Tropical West Pacific Through the Late Pleistocene."
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