Old Trees Don’t Grow Taller, But Pack On Weight Like A Body-Builder

  • Old Trees Don’t Grow Taller, But Pack On Weight Like A Body-Builder

     Shane Donegan updated 6 years, 10 months ago 1 Member · 1 Post
  • Shane Donegan

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    January 16, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    Just saw this interesting article on NPR.

    Like other animals and many living things, we humans grow when we’re young and then stop growing once we mature. But trees, it turns out, are an exception to this general rule. In fact, scientists have discovered that trees grow faster the older they get.

    Once trees reach a certain height, they do stop getting taller. So many foresters figured that tree growth — and girth — also slowed with age.

    “What we found was the exact opposite,” says Nate Stephenson, a forest ecologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, based in California’s Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks. “Tree growth rate increases continuously as trees get bigger and bigger,” Stephenson says.

    for the rest of the article follow the link to the original NPR story:

    Old Trees Don’t Grow Taller, But Pack On Weight Like A Body-Builder

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