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      Science On Tap: "To see a world in a grain of sand: Yucatan climate recorded in microfossils” in Santa Cruz


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      January 31, 2018

      Wednesday   7:00 PM

      1134 Soquel Avenue
      Santa Cruz, California 95062

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      Science On Tap: "To see a world in a grain of sand: Yucatan climate recorded in microfossils”

      In the Garden at the Crepe Place. Please call 831-429-6994 for reservations. Heated garden, but please dress warmly.

      "To see a world in a grain of sand: Yucatan climate recorded in microfossils”

      Kyle Broach, Earth and Planetary Sciences, UCSC

      Current climate change is the product of warming on a global scale, but it is regional climate that dictates local weather patterns and rainfall. Models of regional climate are useful in predicting changes to future resource availability but are only as good as the data on which they are based, and human measurements have only been around for a relatively short time. Geologists turn to geochemistry to extend climate records into the past. This talk will take you through the clever techniques used on shelled organisms to link the mass of single atoms to large-scale climate events impacting rainfall. The Yucatan Peninsula provides excellent field sites to study changing climate and its impact on communities past and present from the ancient Mayans to modern tourists and ecosystems.

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