Seminarium fizyki atmosfery

Solution pipes as paleoclimatic indicators

prof. dr hab. Piotr Szymczak

Wydział Fizyki, Uniwersytet Warszawski


14 stycznia 2022 13:15, ul. Pasteura 5, B0.14 and online via ZOOM

The climate of our planet is constantly evolving. Understanding the dynamics of these changes is important not only for reconstruction of the climatic conditions of past epochs but also for better prediction of climatic changes in near future. The latter becomes increasingly important due to the dramatic acceleration of climate changes in recent years.

Geological structures can provide helpful indicators as to the past climatic conditions, prevailing at the moment of their formation. The example of such structures are solution pipes - vertical, cylindrical voids, formed as a result of limestone dissolution by focused flow of groundwater.  The shapes, lengths and spatial distribution of the pipes are the functions of physical conditions in which they were formed, in particular total precipitation and temperature. This opens up a possibility of linking the morphology of the pipes with geology and hydrology of the system at the moment of their formation and – most importantly - with past climatic conditions.

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