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  • Tools of the Trade: A Peek Inside the Bog-Coring Lab of Dorothy Peteet

    Tools of the Trade: A Peek Inside the Bog-Coring Lab of Dorothy Peteet

    What’s a bog corer? And how do seeds help scientists learn about the earth’s past? A paleoecologist explains the most important items in her toolkit.

  • John Imbrie, a Pioneer of Paleoceanography

    John Imbrie, a Pioneer of Paleoceanography

    Imbrie, a former head of the Department of Geological Sciences, helped confirmed connections between changes in Earth’s orbit and the timing of the ice ages and was a co-founder of CLIMAP, an international effort to use sediment cores to map Earth’s climate at the height of the last ice age.

  • Walter Pitman and the Smoking Gun of Plate Tectonics

    Walter Pitman and the Smoking Gun of Plate Tectonics

    “We had this magic key, this magic magnetic profile,” Pitman said. “We were able to date it and eventually use it not only as a tool that proved continental drift but a tool by which we could actually reconstruct the pattern of drift, that is the relative position of the continents, and the actual timing…

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  • Tools of the Trade: A Peek Inside the Bog-Coring Lab of Dorothy Peteet

    Tools of the Trade: A Peek Inside the Bog-Coring Lab of Dorothy Peteet

    What’s a bog corer? And how do seeds help scientists learn about the earth’s past? A paleoecologist explains the most important items in her toolkit.

  • John Imbrie, a Pioneer of Paleoceanography

    John Imbrie, a Pioneer of Paleoceanography

    Imbrie, a former head of the Department of Geological Sciences, helped confirmed connections between changes in Earth’s orbit and the timing of the ice ages and was a co-founder of CLIMAP, an international effort to use sediment cores to map Earth’s climate at the height of the last ice age.

  • Walter Pitman and the Smoking Gun of Plate Tectonics

    Walter Pitman and the Smoking Gun of Plate Tectonics

    “We had this magic key, this magic magnetic profile,” Pitman said. “We were able to date it and eventually use it not only as a tool that proved continental drift but a tool by which we could actually reconstruct the pattern of drift, that is the relative position of the continents, and the actual timing…