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Where Will the Rain Fall in 2100? [Slide Show]

Field work on remote Pacific islands reveals answers

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BAGGED AND TAGGED:

An algae mat is catalogued for later analysis. The ratio of hydrogen isotopes in preserved lipids indicates the amount of rainfall that occurred when the algae lived.....[ More ]

CAREFUL CUT:

When sediment is saturated with water it is cut in one-centimeter intervals and bagged. Local children seem to find the exercise entertaining, if not a bit odd.....[ More ]

IT'S A WRAP:

A thin slice of core is wrapped. It will be locked in a protective case for its return to the lab.....[ More ]

PULL!:

Sachs and Nelson remove the core by pulling (extremely hard) to overcome the suction created when the tube was pounded in.....[ More ]

STICKY CHALLENGE:

Julian Sachs [ left ] and Dan Nelson [ right ] repeatedly drop a weight onto an empty core tube to slowly force it down into the thick, swampy peat on Kosrae, an island in the Federated States of Micronesia.....[ More ]

STANDING TALL:

Trees prove handy for keeping a core vertical as thin sections are cut for the lab.....[ More ]

DON'T ROCK THE BOAT:

A sediment core, which holds preserved algae that reveal past rainfall, must be kept vertical and still during transit so the contents do not mix.....[ More ]

WET LANDING:

Entry is only possible at low tide.....[ More ]

LIB ISLAND:

A promising pond awaits in the Marshall Islands.....[ More ]

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