GLOBAL WARMING, FAD DIETS, TREES
Paul Nelson - Tenafly High School - Science
Ellen Nelson - Tenafly High School - Math, Department
Rebecca Nelson - The College of William and Mary 2005
in the area are baffled. Preteens are experiencing unusual growth
spurts and patterns. In some years students are growing lengthy arms
and legs. In others there is little growth at all. Parents are looking
to science for an answer. The agency is gathering data to suggest that
fad diets that either include plenty of water or little, if any, fluid
intake are responsible for this abnormal growth.
Your team of diverse scientific talents has been
assembled to provide the answer. You have selected deciduous trees as
your model organism. Your mission, should you decide to accept it, will
be to identify and core a tree within the agency’s domain, and compare
its growth to precipitation records to determine if hydration in plants
has any effects on growth.
If area residents turn into plants, this research
could have global significance. It may also be relevant to other
environmental problems, maybe even global warming.