Monday, June 30th, 2014 - Dr. Judson Partin puts the Earth on a couch and asks it about its past


University of Texas Institute for Geophysics researcher Dr. Judson Partin explains the importance of learning about past climates of planet Earth and how he uses stalagmites in caves to learn about ancient rainfall. Dr. Partin tells us about the his latest research in Vanuatu, an island region in the south Pacific Ocean, that attempts to understand past changes in a large band of rainfall called the South Pacific Convergence Zone. This band of rainfall is larger than the contiguous United States! He explains why it is important to global climate, what might have happened to thousands of years ago and what might happen to it in the future considering current climate change. Tune in to listen to Dr. Judson Partin take some time off from his day and speak to us about rainfall, (mega)drought, abrupt climate change, and his adventures while doing field work in caves!

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