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GLOBAL WARMING, FAD DIETS, TREES

 Paul Nelson - Tenafly High School - Science

Ellen Nelson - Tenafly High School - Math, Department Chair

Rebecca Nelson - The College of William and Mary 2005

 

Introduction

Scientists 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.

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Last Updated: 06/13/08