Creating music from the sounds of the melting glaciers

Creating music from the sounds of the melting glaciers

The Music of the Glaciers

Matthew Burtner (University of Virginia) spent much of his childhood near glaciers in Alaska. Now he is creating music from the sounds of the melting glaciers to raise awareness of climate change. And: How are rising oceans changing the lifestyles of the people of Tahiti? Archeologist Jenny Kahn (College of William and Mary) is documenting 1,000 years of the movements of Tahitian people. Plus: Centuries of dried plants carefully preserved by botanists are stashed away in drawers and cabinets all over the American Southeast. Andrea Weeks (George Mason University) is part of an enormous project to digitize 3.4 million plant specimens, perhaps discovering new species in the process.

Later in the show: Before dinosaurs ruled the earth, there were some enormous relatives that ruled over them. Sterling Nesbitt (Virginia Tech) talks about these giants who roamed the earth. Plus: Tree rings don’t just show the age of a tree, they also tell us about the past and, maybe, the future. Stockton Maxwell (Radford University) says tree rings might help solve climate change.

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