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2009-11-11 07:40:12

How revising an ancient species can change what we know of a lineage's historical distribution and the climate in which it lived Fossil plants are windows to the past, providing us with clues as to what our planet looked like millions of years ago. Not only do fossils tell us which species were present before human-recorded history, but they can provide information about the climate and how and when lineages may have dispersed around the world. Identifying fossil plants can be tricky,...

2009-07-01 01:06:32

Researchers say baldcypress trees in central Texas provide a record of past weather and clues to the region's future. Malcolm Cleaveland of the University of Arkansas and his team have been taking cores from the trees that show the rings, the Austin American-Statesman reported Tuesday. Each ring represents a year in the tree's life, with thin ones being years of drought and thicker ones those when rainfall was more plentiful. The tree rings give you a perspective you can't get in any other...

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2009-02-17 13:17:37

Researchers are studying data from the tree rings of conifers in Vietnam to reveal new clues into how droughts affected ancient civilizations. The researchers, from the US and Japan, reported their findings at a climate change conference in Dalat on Tuesday. They found that the tree ring samples collected from Fokienia hodginsii, a rare species that lives in Vietnam's cloud forests, revealed drought records for more than 700 years. Brenden M. Buckley said he and his colleagues collected...

2008-09-28 12:00:21

By MARY REID BARROW By Mary Reid Barrow Correspondent A tall bald cypress tree is king of our North End street. It looms over the road from a yard that's on one of the few hills to be found in low-lying Virginia Beach. Actually an ancient sand dune, the hill has been tamed into a lawn and it rises several feet above the street. The tree's roots are spread out in the sandy soil of the old dune. Swampland, normally the bald cypress tree's habitat, is miles away. But our neighborhood...

2008-09-07 12:00:11

By Garance Burke Associated Press VISALIA, Calif. -- Federal researchers are warning that warming temperatures could soon cause California's giant sequoia trees to die off more quickly unless forest managers plan with an eye toward climate change and the impact of a longer, harsher wildfire season. Hot, dry weather over the last two decades already has contributed to the deaths of an unusual number of old-growth pine and fir trees growing in Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks, according...

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2008-09-05 13:00:00

Warming temperatures will cause California's giant sequoia trees to die off more quickly unless forest managers plan with an eye toward climate change and the impact of a longer, harsher wildfire season, federal researchers warned. Recent research from the U.S. Geological Survey said hot and dry weather over the last two decades already has contributed to the deaths of an unusual number of old-growth pine and fir trees growing in Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks. Nathan Stephenson, a...

2008-08-22 15:00:29

By STICKLEY, Marcus A large sequoia tree in Stoke, thought to be more than 130 years old, will be chopped down after the Nelson City Council discovered it is not protected. The tree on the corner of Sequoia Way and Main Rd Stoke is one of two remaining on the property of Bryan and Tracey Parks. A wind- storm last month toppled a third tree into their home. Council parks and facilities manager Paul McArthur said records showed only one protected sequoia on the property and the Parks...

2008-08-09 15:00:23

A large hole has been left in Nelson's Anzac Park with the demise of an elderly Leyland cypress. The tree, thought to be about 60 years old, was carved up yesterday and removed with the help of a crane. Nelson City Council parks and facilities manager Paul McArthur said the tree was not listed under the council's resource management plan. Like many evergreens with thick foliage that tended to trap wind, it was more vulnerable to last week's stormy weather and toppled over. The...

2008-07-02 12:00:43

By Esther Avila, The Porterville Recorder, Calif. Jul. 2--Two Giant Sequoia seedlings were planted Tuesday morning at Supervisor's Headquarters in Porterville in honor of the Sequoia National Forest and Giant Sequoia National Monument's centennial birthday. "When we look back, we count 100 years of growth and achievement and we have a lot to celebrate," said Mary Chislock, public affairs officer with U.S. Forest Service. "We began in 1908 when there was nothing, and today we are...

2008-06-16 09:00:34

Homeowners struggling to grow grass under mature shade trees wage a losing battle. Each spring, they scuff up the spots where the lawn is missing or thin, then scatter new topsoil and grass seed. They water. The grass seed germinates. But before long, the bare spots are back. Big trees, especially shallow-rooted ones like some maples, cast dense shade, making it difficult to impossible for grass to survive underneath. In addition, the trees' roots soak up most of the available water. No...


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  • A bookseller; now, especially, a dealer in rare and curious books.
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