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We have some new results and we could not be happier! One of our stalagmites was actively growing at the time where we have a gap in our Borneo record. 😁 The next step is to get a bit more data to get a better idea of how it was growing during that time. We will keep you posted. #cavescience #geology #climate

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Over the next couple of weeks we are going to attempt to fill a prominent hole in our 500-thousand year climate record from Borneo. None of the stalagmites we measured so far grew between 160 to 200 thousand years ago. We hope that this is not the case for some of samples collected during our 2018 expedition. #cavescience #geology #climate #womeninstem

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We are finally about to get some ages for the tiny cores we drilled out of stalgmites in “secret cave” of Mulu during our expedition in April 2018. Check out the amazing pictures of this by @shonephoto ! For dating these samples, we measure how much Uranium decay has taken place since the rocks were formed. This involves many days in the lab... #cavescience #science #geology #climate #rainforest #womeninscience #womeninSTEM #exploration # MuluNationalpark #climatechange #research #Sarawak #Malaysia

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#Repost @shonephoto with @get_repost ・・・ In April 2018, I joined a team of scientists working in the Gunung Mulu National Park, Borneo. The team, led by Dr. Nele Meckler from the University of Bergen, Norway are working to improve our understanding of tropical climate change over the last 500,000 years. Pictured here is one of the most impressive caves in the world, Deer Cave. Team member Prof. Gina Moseley from the University of Innsbruck is seen dwarfed by the overwhelming scale of the cave. Ever since I first walked into this cave back in 2003, I have been in awe of this natural wonder. Over the next few weeks I will share pictures from this amazing assignment. For more information about the scientists work, please follow link to the team’s page @MuluClimateScience @geomagazin #cavescience #science #geology #climate #rainforest #womeninscience #womeninSTEM #exploration #MuluNationalPark #climatechange #research #Sarawak #Malaysia

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What a busy week in Texas! @shelbyellis2010 has been learning how to drill “pathways” on pieces of wood, and later, the same technique will be used on stalagmite samples back at Georgia Tech! The pathways, drilled (for example) at every 1mm, will give us an indication of how oxygen content has changed through time...but how do we get the timing of these fluctuations? The first step is to careful mark up selected samples with tape at the location of where to drill out stalagmite powder! These powders will eventually be sent to Cal Tech, where dates will be able to be constrained for the pathways she’s learning to drill this week! #womeninscience #womeninSTEM #UniversityofTexas #GeorgiaTech #Mulu #Borneo #drilling #oxygenisotopes #UThdating #timeseries #labwork

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Who needs an action pack tote to carry samples when you have lots of bubble wrap in your luggage?! @shelbyellis2010 is traveling to Austin, Texas next week to learn how to drill stalagmites on a SUPERCAM-drill, already set up at one of our home labs at Georgia Tech with @kimcobb2. This drill can save hundreds of hours of lab work instead of hand drilling samples! She also will be drilling powder at the top and bottom of six different stalagmite samples that will be sent later to California Institute of Technology for U/Th dating. Fingers crossed they are within the last 2,000 years, the target dates for her PhD thesis. Follow her journey this week on our instagram!

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@shelbyellis2010 started cataloging stalagmite samples for part of her PhD project! This week was cleaning and taking extensive notes on sample, weight, height, shape, color, and crystal face structure. Her project will try to characterize changes in rainfall over the Western Pacific during the last 2,000 years utilizing fast growing stalagmite samples collected from Gunung Mulu. #GunungMulu #stalagmites #R1research #GeorgiaTech #phdproject #research #researchsamples #tropics #paleoclimate #paleoclimatology #hydrology #climatescience #womeninSTEM

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Wow! #Repost @shonephoto with @get_repost ・・・ Simple pen and ink sketch I drew in my diary from this last months expedition to Gunung Mulu National Park in Sarawak, Malaysia. It shows the vast white cliffs of the south face of Gunung (Mount) Benarat and the the Melinau river from Camp 5, our base. When not concentrating where the next photograph is coming from, in my mind I like to disappear to a quiet place and resort to something I have practiced all my life - drawing. The giant white cliffs of limestone that tower over Camp 5 and the Melinau river are riddled with caves. Some of which are the largest in the world! I was there on assignment for GEO magazine. We joined up with the @muluclimatescience cave climate scientists who use cave stalagmites to better understand how the climate of the region has changed over the last half a million years. #caves #drawing #art #sketch #diary #Mulu #Sarawak #Malaysia #rainforest #jungle #river #MelinauRiver #cave #science #climate #research #underground #womeninscience #womeninstem #geology #climatechange #stem #geography #Borneo #MuluClimateScience @geomagazin

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#Repost @geomagazin with @get_repost ・・・ Geo-Reporter ( @jberndorff @shonephoto) sind unterwegs im Gunung Mulu Nationalpark auf Borneo, Bundesstaat Sarawak. Sie begleiten ein Team von Paläo-Klimaforschern @muluclimatescience, die in den Höhlen von Mulu Stalagmiten untersuchen, um zu verstehen, wie sich das Klima der Region in den letzten 500.000 Jahren verändert hat. Hier nimmt das Team gerade Tropfwasserproben, deren chemische Analyse dabei hilft, das steinerne Klimaarchiv richtig zu interpretieren.

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The last of the team says goodbye to Mulu...for now! #womeninscience #GunungMulu #Sarawak #GunungMuluNationalPark #heavybags #climatechange

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Project leader, Dr. Nele Meckler has just given a wonderful presentation to the Mulu NP guides, outlining the scientific research the group has carried out from inside the caves here in Mulu. @unibergen #expedition #science #Mulu #Borneo #womeninstem #womeninscience #research #Sarawak #climatechange #stem #muluclimatescience #river #rainforest #jungle

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Easter hike before the big feast! #Easter #GunungMulu #womeninSTEM #climatechange #womeninscience #PakuValley #beauty #nature #hiking #Sarawak @shelbyellis2010

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Another beautiful sunset at Mulu off a local trail #sunset #GunungMulu #Sarawak #localtrails #pinksky

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Easter Feast! #easterdinner #GunungMulu #localcooking #tigerbeer #freshfish @shelbyellis2010

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Which creature can you see in this photo? @unibergen #expedition #science #Miri #Mulu #Borneo #womeninstem #womeninscience #research #Sarawak #climatechange #stem #muluclimatescience

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The team crossing the Paku going to Drunken Forest Cave @unibergen #expedition #science #Miri #Mulu #Borneo #womeninstem #womeninscience #research #Sarawak #climatechange #stem #muluclimatescience #river #rainforest #jungle #trekking #hiking @shelbyellis2010