tree ring


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Recent Examples on the Web Changes in weather affect the width of each year’s tree ring. Washington Post, "If you really want to know how old a historical house is, look to the tree rings," 5 Dec. 2020 While the study of hurricanes with tree rings is still quite novel, Valerie Trouet, a tree ring scientist at the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research at the University of Arizona, envisions this work potentially strengthening climate modeling. Popular Science, "We didn’t track hurricanes hundreds of years ago—but trees did," 16 Oct. 2020 If a storm damages and dramatically slows the growth of a tree, the tree ring will be much narrower than normal. Popular Science, "We didn’t track hurricanes hundreds of years ago—but trees did," 16 Oct. 2020 Research techniques used at the site included dendrochronology, or the study of tree ring growth to determine when logs were felled, as well as investigation of artifacts like toys, pipes and food remains. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, "Log Cabin Excavation Unearths Evidence of Forgotten Black Community," 15 Oct. 2020 In an effort to corroborate the ice core data, the study team turned to tree ring data collected across North America, Europe, and Asia. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "Why the Moon Just ... Disappeared 900 Years Ago," 27 May 2020 Murphy has studied megadroughts of the past using tree rings, and those droughts have lasted up to about 30 years. Ian James, azcentral, "Study says Phoenix reservoirs are resilient to warming, scientists warn risks remain," 7 June 2020 Their analysis utilized 1,200 years of tree ring data, modern weather observations and dozens of climate models. Jeff Berardelli, CBS News, "Megadrought emerging in western U.S. could be the worst in 1,200 years, study finds," 17 Apr. 2020 Growing humans and other animals lay down dental tissues in fine layers each day, like tree rings, starting before birth. Elizabeth Preston, New York Times, "What’s a ‘Normal’ Amount of Time to Breastfeed?," 15 Apr. 2020

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1919, in the meaning defined above

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20 Dec 2020

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“Tree ring.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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