University of Miami Rosentiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science: Speleothem Project
This project is currently underway by Dr. Peter Swart, Dr. Kenneth Broad, both from the University of Miami's Rosentiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (RSMAS), and Brian Kakuk, Director of the BCRF.
Using speleothem (stalagmite) samples from a wide range of depths within underwater caves, the goals of this project are:
To establish a paleoclimatic history of the Bahamas during the last 120,000 years assuming that the stalagmites start to grow as sea-level falls and continue to grow until sea-level floods the cave.
Samples collected close to the surface will record climate changes throughout the period, while samples from deep will only record the interval during which they were exposed to meteoric fluids.
Samples collected so far are still being analyzed and we anticipate exciting results that will warrant further investigations.