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Local storm record

Getting to the Bottom of Things

WHOI coastal geologist Jeff Donnelly analyzes hurricane activity through the traces they leave behind. In summer 2013 Donnelly and his lab members returned to a Cape Cod coastal pond that receives overwash from nearby beaches whenever storm-driven ocean water floods in and deposits layers of sediment. Using vibracorers, the team extracted a sediment core that will reveal a history of storms extending back thousands of years. From left to right: intern Brecia Douglas (Northeastern Univ.), Stephanie Madsen (WHOI), Richard Sullivan (WHOI), Donnelly (orange shirt), and summer student Shenandoah Raycroft. (Photo by Richard Sullivan, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)


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