From extreme harsh weather events to species extinctions, the effects of climate change are hitting our planet harder than we can ever be prepared for. With such measures, scientists are studying a broad range of data to examine the effects of climate change in attempts to solve the issue before it is too late.
Here are three interesting ways scientists study climate change.
Google’s Earth Timelapse
Every wanted to see just how climate change is affecting our planet? Google’s Timelapse can provide just that. The time-lapse project was created within a partnership with NASA, the U.S. Geological Survey, and Time. The time-lapse was created on a century’s worth of satellite data with zoomable maps. It focuses on the strategic locations that have suffered the most impact, especially in Dubai, Las Vegas, and the Amazon.
Fossilized Hyrax Urine
Who would have ever thought that ancient pee can be a valuable piece to climate change data? Thankfully, the Hyrax’s unusual habits have provided scientists with the opportunity to look into ancient plant biodiversity and have evolved throughout the years.
For those who don’t know what the hyrax is, it is a small herbivorous mammal that was found in the Middle East and Africa. It was said to live in rocky regions for generations.
While the Coral polyps are one of the smallest animals on the planet, their strong colonies are known as the largest biologically built structures to ever be found on Earth. Millions of tiny polyps have built coral cities with the use of calcium carbonate extracted from tropical ocean waters. This is the same substance that is also used in shells, bones, and teeth.
Scientists have undergone countless expeditions to extract the cores as they must drill directly from the surface. The samples are placed in an x-ray to determine the climate fluctuations that have affected the coral during their lifespan.
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