Articles | Volume 11, issue 6
Technical note
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17 Jun 2015
Technical note | Highlight paper |  | 17 Jun 2015

Technical Note: How accurate can stalagmite formation temperatures be determined using vapour bubble radius measurements in fluid inclusions?

F. Spadin, D. Marti, R. Hidalgo-Staub, J. Rička, D. Fleitmann, and M. Frenz


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AR by Martin Frenz on behalf of the Authors (11 Apr 2015)  Author's response
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by Editor) (06 May 2015) by Ed Brook
AR by Svenja Lange on behalf of the Authors (18 May 2015)  Author's response
ED: Publish as is (28 May 2015) by Ed Brook
Short summary
Fluid inclusions inside stalagmites retain information on the cave temperature at the time they formed and thus can be used to reconstruct the continental climate of the past. A method for extracting this information based on a thermodynamic model and size measurements of femtosecond-laser-induced vapour bubbles is presented. Applying our method to stalagmites taken from the Milandre cave in the Swiss Jura Mountains demonstrate that palaeotemperatures can be determined with an accuracy of ±1°C.