Would you be convinced that scientists could get an accurate portrayal of what the climate was like by looking at just the ring data? The bands can tell them the age and growth rate, but not
what caused the increase or decrease in growth. The chemistry of the coral closely reflects the surrounding environmental conditions when that part of the coral formed, so scientists examine the chemistry to determine what caused a specific growth
After the core has been x-rayed, bands are drawn with black lines representing annual bands, and blue and red lines divide the year into quarters.
Department of Geology and Geophysics, Rice University
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