Contact: Marc Airhart
University of Texas at Austin
Caption: The upper 25 cm (10 inches) or so of the stalagmite named Big Taurius from Taurius Cave on the island of Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu, which recorded large swings in rainfall over 446 years.
Credit: Jud Partin/University of Texas at Austin
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