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Nature's Time Capsules Photograph by Kenneth Garrett
Researcher Kira Westaway uses a drill to remove a core sample from a stalagmite taken from a cave near Liang Bua. Stalagmites form when rain seeps through rock crevices above a cave and drips onto the floor, where minerals in the water pile up to form calcified mounds. By dating the stalagmite and analyzing its oxygen and carbon composition, Westaway and other scientists working on Flores hope to find clues to the climate and vegetation of the site when Homo floresiensis lived there.
Photo Fast Facts
Camera: Nikon F5 Film Type: Fujichrome Provia 100 Lens: Nikkor 17-35mm, f/2.8 Speed and F-Stop: 1/250 @ f/7.1
Weather Conditions: Hot and sunny Time of Day: Early afternoon Lighting Techniques: Fill flash