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The rhythm of the rains

Deposits in a Chinese cave tell the story of the region's climate stretching back more than 200,000 years, well past the last interglacial warm period — an invaluable resource for understanding the Asian monsoon.

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Figure 1: Cave records.


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Overpeck, J., Cole, J. The rhythm of the rains. Nature 451, 1062–1063 (2008).

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