Researchers study rings to learn about rainfall in the Amazon

10/4/2012 | BBC

Researchers have been able to learn about the Amazon's meteorological history during the past 100 years by studying tree rings. "What surprised us ... is that just eight trees from one single site actually told us how much it rained not just at that site but over the entire Amazon catchment," said the study's lead author, Roel Brienen, who is in the School of Geography at the University of Leeds. Previous data on the subject only went back about half a century.

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