Start of The Analysis

Back in Sweden after many weeks of traveling back from Slovenia.  Tomorrow I will start the analysis portion of the data collected. This includes  preparing the dead/living wood samples through sanding and mounting methods, then detailed counting and measuring methods to determine ring size and average growth.  This process requires a microscope and a lot of uninterrupted time. Once both the dead wood and live wood samples have been mounted and counted, the numbers will be entered into a computer program, which Paul has helped create, and analyzed further.  By using the living wood samples as a starting point we will be able to go back in time through many hundreds of years of recorded climate data, the purpose of the dead wood we collected is to allow us to go back even further in time.  For instance if we have a piece of dead wood sampled that died 700 years ago but was 500 years old when it died we will be able to go back in time 1,200 years (with living samples as well) and determine the climate of that area and its changes over time.  This type of analysis is called cross dating and is extremely important and useful in the earth science field.  Because we collected over 70 live samples and 50-60 dead samples there is a lot of work to do before any conclusion climate wise can be made.

Dead wood mounted, 2011 chronology.

Dead wood mounted, 2011 chronology.

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