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Wesayso tree-pusher division
[ Sorry for the subject line, but I think it's better than what I was
given: "Re: DINOSAUR digest 113". At least I know Darren will get the
joke. -- MR ]
On Wed, 6 Nov 1996, Cunningham, Betty wrote:
> You should be here during one of our rainy winters, when a good, stiff
> wind will ALWAYS take out the one likeliest to fall on a road. (Highway
> 17, Big Basin Road-oh the horrors) They have really really shallow root
> systems, by the way. You can tell by looking at the tiny rootball after
> the tree tips over. This happens a lot. When one goes, it frequently
> brings down other trees with it. This clears out where the undergrowth
> is shaded by the tree canopy, and the baby trees finally get enough light
> to grow into big trees. This is part of the Coastals life cycle.
> Suggests a need for something to knock over a few trees on a regular
> basis, now doesn't it?
Hmm ok Betty, but the largest tree was estimated at having a mass of 1 million
lbs, ie about 446 tons (according to the blurb issued by the State Park). If we
say that around the edge of a forest the trees are smaller (say 1/4 size) we
still have a tree of 100 tons or so. Still rather a dangerous size to be
over, even if you're a dino of 30+ tons (and could it be done I wonder?). "mind
you stay behind me children while I push over this big tree. oops sorry darling
did it fall on your head?"