|Paleo Slide Set: Coral Paleoclimatology|
|Ecuadorean ship Wahoo off Bartholeme, Galapagos Islands (1S, 89W).|
| The first and most
obvious ingredient in coral research is the corals themselves. But coral
alone does not attract the paleoclimatologist's eye. The location of a site
is also extremely important. Paleoclimatologists are interested only in
those sites where a clear, identifiable climatic signal can be detected.
In earlier slides, we discussed how El Niño activity affected different
areas of the Pacific. It is these places where El Niño leaves a clear
signature to which scientists take the time, effort, and expense to travel.
The Galapagos Islands in the eastern Pacific exhibit wide ENSO-linked variations
surface temperatures and thus make an ideal site for research. In this
slide, the Ecuadorian ship Wahoo prepares to take a group of paleoclimatologists
to the reefs off of Bartholome.
School of Oceanography, University of Washington
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