An oak from a bog in Trakai district can help answer questions about climate change


Ten years ago, a resident of Trakai district decided to dig out a pond near his house and found there a part of an old oak 7 m in length and up to 3 m in volume. The specialists of the Lithuanian Fund for Nature and Nature Research Centre were informed about it, came to the place and took some oak samples for investigation. Assessment of rings and their volume can help dendrochronologists find a missing chain in their investigations and from information encoded in the oak determine what was the climate in the area, for example, a thousand years ago. Oak samples were taken by a researcher of the Nature Research Centre's Laboratory of Quaternary Research, Dr Marija Žukovskienė, and a specialist from the Lithuanian Fund for Nature, Alvydas Gintaras.


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