Speleoclimatology field work, 22-25 October 2012

Alepotrypa Cave, Laconia

PhD student Meighan Boyd and Dr. Hanna Sundqvist, together with Dr. Panagiotis (Takis) Karkanas from the Ephoreia of Palaeoanthropology-Speleology of Southern Greece, surveyed the cave to identify speleothems which are good candidates for paleoclimate analysis.

Temperature loggers and stones collecting modern calcite precipitate were left in the cave in early July, and will provide a baseline value for the climate signal seen in the cave today. These will be surveyed, adjusted, and logger data downloaded. Measurements of cave humidity, CO2 levels, and drip rates will be taken at logger and calcite collection sites, as well as in other cave chambers as part of the monitoring program. A few samples of speleothem material from rubble piles may be extracted from the cave under the supervision of the Ephoreia.