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Ancient Coral Reef Tells the History of Kenya's Soil Erosion

April 10, 2007

News thumbnail of large coral colony Coral reefs, like tree rings, are natural archives of climate change. But oceanic corals also provide a faithful account of how people make use of land through history, says Stanford University scientist Robert B. Dunbar. In a recent study published in Geophysical Research Letters, Dunbar and his colleagues used coral samples from the Indian Ocean to create a 300-year record of soil erosion in Kenya. Full Story

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