2021 Maurice Hillman Essay Contest - April 2021

Idea Bank: Clarifying Tropical Cyclone Activity in Centuries Past

by: Larisa R.G. DeSantis

In order to truly answer questions of hurricane frequency one must move past short-term human-documented meteorological records and find environmental proxies for determining historical hurricanes. Just recently, Miller et al. (2006) established such a proxy when they documented an oxygen isotope record from longleaf pine trees spanning 220 years. This article describes an inquiry-based activity for high school students based on this research. The activity integrates chemistry, biology, and Earth/environmental sciences while engaging students in problem-solving exercises and group collaborations.


High School


Type Journal ArticlePub Date 9/1/2007Stock # tst07_074_06_78Volume 074Issue 06

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