Tree-Ring Patterns: A Key-Year Technique for Crossdating

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Dates and sequences of events that are potentially manifest in tree-ring patterns can be established, compared among sites, and crossdated by matching the patterns of key years. A key year is one in which the widths of tree rings relative to those of the preceding year (greater, less, or equal) are in agreement in a significant number of observed trees.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Associate Professor of Forest Entomology, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg 24061

Publication date: May 1, 1984

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.
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