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,’专家说

气候危机 is speeding up the deterioration of some of the world’s oldest cave paintings, 专家说.

The paintings in 印度尼西亚, which are up to 45,000 岁, include the oldest known hand stencil, dating from 39,900 几年前, according to a studyScientific 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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