Climate Change Research by Charles George

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Afterward, it became larger and turned brackish (slightly salty and undrinkable). Evidence of this massive flood has emerged from cores of sediment extracted from the bottom of the Black Sea by William Ryan and Walter Pitman of Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. Within the sediment cores, they found saltwater mollusks from the Mediterranean that they dated to 7,500 to 7,600 years ago. They believe the flood was caused by melting glaciers from the last ice age, about 10,000 years ago.

24 The workhorse of the TRMM satellite is the TRMM Microwave Imager, which measures rainfall over a wide area—547 miles (878km)— gathering data that includes water vapor, cloud water, and rainfall intensity. The Microwave Imager is not new. S. Department of Defense meteorological satellites since 1987. The third primary instrument aboard the TRMM is the Visible and Infrared Scanner. This scanner ties in TRMM measurements with measurements made by two other satellite systems known as the PolarOrbiting Environmental Satellites and the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites.

14 Bristlecone pines, found in the western United States, are the longest-lived trees on earth. Some are more than 4,000 years old. Dead trees preserved in the arid climate of high elevations for hundreds or thousands of years provide a comparison to live bristlecone trees. Scientists can use their rings to construct a ring record that extends more than 9,000 years into the past. Tree rings from old Scots pine trees, which grow north of the Arctic Circle in northwestern Sweden, are another source of evidence of changes in summer temperatures that goes back hundreds of years.

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