Articles | Volume 20, issue 7
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 2745–2758, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-20-2745-2016
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 2745–2758, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-20-2745-2016

Research article 21 Jul 2016

Research article | 21 Jul 2016

A post-wildfire response in cave dripwater chemistry

Gurinder Nagra et al.

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Our current understanding of wildfires on Earth is filled with knowledge gaps. One reason for this is our poor record of fire in natural archives. We open the possibility for speleothems to be "a missing piece to the fire-puzzle". We find by effecting surface evaporation and transpiration rates, wildfires can have a multi-year impact on speleothem, forming dripwater hydrology and chemistry. We open a new avenue for speleothems as potential palaeo-fire archives.