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Webinar: Discovering Climate History in Coral Skeletons

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Wednesday, 16 February 2022, 7:30

Wednesday, February 16, 2022. 7:30 PM. Webinar: Discovering Climate History in Coral Skeletons. Kristine DeLong, Louisiana State University. Sponsored by Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary. More information here. Register here.

Abstract: The skeletons of massive corals grow in layers, similar to tree rings, that can be counted to determine the years of growth. Scientists can look at the chemistry of each of these layers to see what the water temperature was when that part of the coral skeleton was growing, as well as other indicators of environmental conditions. By stringing together these yearly skeletal records, scientists can chronicle how the ocean and the coral reef have changed over time.

Bio(s): Kristine DeLong is a paleoclimatologist in the Department of Geology and Anthropology at Louisiana State University, where she specializes in tropical and sub-tropical climate reconstructions along the Gulf coast and in the Caribbean.

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