Stalactite and stalagmite formations in a cave

Nature Tells Its Story: The Climate Archive of Caves

Join UC Davis Institute of the Environment Director Isabel Montañez at 6 p.m. Thursday June 2, 2022 at the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center in Incline Village, NV for a presentation about her research showing the climate archive found in California's caves.

California boasts hundreds of caves, many of them hidden in the Sierra Nevada foothills. These caves hold much more than beautiful icicle-like stalactites and stalagmites. Trapped inside the stalagmites are tiny droplets of fossilized precipitation from climates long ago. Montañez will share how these water droplets provide a climate archive that may help us predict future shifts in rain, snow, drought, and fire.

Admission is $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Refreshments and a no-host bar will be available from 5:30-6 p.m. The lecture will begin at 6 p.m. in the UC Davis Tahoe Science Center at 291 Country Club Drive in Incline Village (between Tahoe Boulevard/SR 28 and Lakeshore Blvd.) on the campus of Sierra Nevada University.

Register here for Thursday's event. To learn more, check out the UC Davis Unfold podcast episode, “Nature Tells Its Story Part 2: Caves and Really Old Water.