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Paleoforest samples

Sands of Tme

Geology & Geophysics research associate Kalina Gospodinova organizes sediment samples that include remnants of an ancient red cedar "paleoforest" that once grew along present-day Coast Guard Beach on Cape Cod. After a Nor’easter swept through the area in April 2013, researchers from the Coastal Systems Group and the National Ocean Sciences Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (NOSAMS) facility at WHOI investigated four different transects at the site. They collected peat and fluvial samples from each of the sediment layers to bring back to the lab for radiocarbon dating that will shed light on climate and shoreline landscape changes in the region. (Photo by Leslie Baehr, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

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