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More White River

In addition to sampling live trees, we were able to find a few dead standing snags and downed logs to sample. Hopefully these will help us get farther back in time than the living trees. For more pics see https://plus.google.com/+MatthewTherrell/posts/1yHufupf55b

Lakeport Plantation

If you are into old plantation houses Lakeport Plantation in eastern Arkansas is one of the finest restored examples in that state. A few years ago Dave Stahle and I used tree-rings to date the construction of the main house. It was built almost entirely of bald cypress, and nearly every log was cut in

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Climate and the Mfecane

The mfecane is thought to be a massive upheaval and devastation of Nguni tribal chiefdoms in the second decade of the 19th century in what is now KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape of South Africa. We show that pervasive cycles of drought and cold periods in southern Africa are significantly amplified and extended by volcanic

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