Climate crisis ‘accelerating degradation’ of ancient rock paintings

Climate crisis ‘accelerating degradation’ of ancient rock paintings
Rising temperatures have ‘grave implications for conservation of globally significant cultural heritage,’ say experts

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hy klimaatkrisis is speeding up the deterioration of some of the world’s oldest cave paintings, sê kenners.

The paintings in Indonesië, which are up to 45,000 jaar oud, include the oldest known hand stencil, dating from 39,900 jare terug, volgens a studeer in Scientific Reports.

Rising temperatures and more consecutive dry days, combined with standing water from monsoon rains, are increasingly creating ideal conditions for weathering caused by salt crystals, the researchers found.

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