A lovely scientific appreciation of trees


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Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2017/11/14/a-lovely-scientific-appreciati.html


#2

It is indeed a lovely essay, and a quick read. I think it’s a bit over the top to characterize the obligate dormancy of trees as “death” though.

Wood and leather are still used in cutting edge aerospace. The US space shuttle has carried both leather and wood into orbit on every mission. Wood’s a wonderful, carbon-fixing material, and a joy to work with.


#3

Trees are much better than humans in every way. I’m having a hard time wanting to read the rest after reading that.


#4

The thing that weirds me out about trees is that they’ve been on this planet for less time than sharks. (370 million years vs. 420 million years, respectively.)


#5

Pines? Psssh. Cupressaceae FTW, because size matters.


#6

I like trees, they tasty.


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Pretty sure the Bristlecones in the White Mtns. of California are older, by a large margin. The pic in the posting is of the Bristlecones in the White Mtns.


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