Forestry Friday … Can You Read Tree?

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Have you ever read a tree? Trees write stories for us to read, if you know how. They write their stories with tree rings. Trees grow a new ring each year. There have been many papers written on how tree rings from old trees show us climate cycles during the life of a tree. This type of study is called Dendroclimatology.

The tricky part of determining climate history from tree rings is that climate is only one variable that affects tree growth. Using tree rings to examine climate is best done with very old trees. Knowing what the forest was like around the tree as it grew, is also important. Corroboration with other old trees in the area is essential. In the early years of a tree’s life, it is often influenced much more by local factors other than climate.

forestry, tree ringsAbove is a cross-section of a 50-year old Ponderosa pine…

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1 Response to “Forestry Friday … Can You Read Tree?”

  1. May 10, 2014 at 19:34

    Thanks for the reblog SB!


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