Redwood Trees Reveal Climate History of West Coast Rain and Fog

October 31, 2013 11:30 AM

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Redwood trees are the tallest living organisms in the entire world. Stretching hundreds of feet high, these trees can live for centuries. For years, scientists have tried to use redwoods to help reconstruct historic climate, yet they've proven to be too erratic in their growth patterns in the past. Now, though, researchers have developed a way to use these trees as a window into ancient coastal conditions.

"This is really the first time that climate reconstruction has ever been done with redwoods," said Jim Johnstone, one of the researchers in a news release. "Redwoods are restricted to a very narrow strip along the coastline. They're tied to the coastline, and they're sensitive to marine conditions, ...

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