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19

Apr

Tree tunnels are perfect examples of how nature can be shaped over many years by humans and other external influences. When paths and roads are carved into the ground, nearby trees bend outward into the new patch of light to receive more energy for photosynthesis. This process continues until the tree branches on either side completely overlap, forming a thick ceiling over the pathway beneath.
Take a stroll beneath these 9 natural tree tunnels

26

Mar

Chernobyl trees and leaves barely decomposed, study findsThe irradiated and undecayed leaves are primed for a wildfire that could spread radiation throughout the region.

Chernobyl trees and leaves barely decomposed, study finds
The irradiated and undecayed leaves are primed for a wildfire that could spread radiation throughout the region.

treehugger:

Sailboat-inspired prefab villa hangs from the trees

24

Mar

Pine tree provides scientists with the longest genome everUnderstanding the genetic code of trees can lead to improved breeding, especially for trees used for lumber, paper and biofuels.

Pine tree provides scientists with the longest genome ever
Understanding the genetic code of trees can lead to improved breeding, especially for trees used for lumber, paper and biofuels.

21

Mar

21 reasons why forests are importantMarch 21 is the International Day of Forests, a U.N. holiday highlighting the value of trees and the price of deforestation. In honor of its second anniversary, here are 21 reasons why forests matter.

21 reasons why forests are important
March 21 is the International Day of Forests, a U.N. holiday highlighting the value of trees and the price of deforestation. In honor of its second anniversary, here are 21 reasons why forests matter.

15

Mar

18

Feb

Trees are persistent beasts, if you give them enough time. Check out this collection of tree photos (slowly) swallowing up everything in their path.

07

Feb

Get ready to pounce on the weekend!
Here are some stories (and a quiz!) to get you through the work/school day.
Can you decipher these cat behaviors? Take the test.
The world’s 10 oldest living trees
Is dance the key to stress reduction and fitness?
Happy Friday from MNN!

Get ready to pounce on the weekend!

Here are some stories (and a quiz!) to get you through the work/school day.

Happy Friday from MNN!

16

Jan

Happy Tu Bishvat, the new year for treesThe ancient holiday has become like a ‘Jewish Arbor Day’ in modern times, bringing religious and secular observers together for ecological reflection.

Happy Tu Bishvat, the new year for trees
The ancient holiday has become like a ‘Jewish Arbor Day’ in modern times, bringing religious and secular observers together for ecological reflection.

15

Jan

Old trees versus new trees: Which grows fastest?While each species of tree grows at its own rate, the biggest, oldest trees can swell their wood, bark and leaf mass by 1,300 lbs. in one year.

Old trees versus new trees: Which grows fastest?
While each species of tree grows at its own rate, the biggest, oldest trees can swell their wood, bark and leaf mass by 1,300 lbs. in one year.