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Tree: A Life Story

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This book tells the story of a single tree, from the moment the seed is released from a cone until, more than five hundred years later, the tree lies on the forest floor as a nurse log, giving life to ferns, mosses, and hemlocks, even as its own life is ending.

Any tree's life is precarious. Wherever the seed lands when it is released, its fate is sealed. From that one spot, the tree must deal with predation by insects, birds, or mammals, withering drought, violent storms, and ...

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Overview

This book tells the story of a single tree, from the moment the seed is released from a cone until, more than five hundred years later, the tree lies on the forest floor as a nurse log, giving life to ferns, mosses, and hemlocks, even as its own life is ending.

Any tree's life is precarious. Wherever the seed lands when it is released, its fate is sealed. From that one spot, the tree must deal with predation by insects, birds, or mammals, withering drought, violent storms, and other assaults, as well a find food and water. Tree explores the many amazing mechanisms by which the tree is able to thrive for hundreds of years while remaining rooted to one spot.

The book also looks at the tree's rich and complex relationships with other organisms in its community, from fungi and lichen to other trees to pileated woodpeckers, spotted owls, cougars, grizzly bears, and salmon, among many others. In addition, the book shows how a humble tree connects us to the atmosphere, the underworld of soil, and the world's oceans, as well as linking us all the way back to the origins of the universe and life and far into the future. Finally, the authors place their tree within the context of the growth of botany and events going on in the larger world during one tree's lifetime. David Suzuki and Wayne Grady's magical, richly detailed text is augmented by Robert Bateman's evocative original art. The result is a revelation, a salute to life itself.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781553650164
  • Publisher: Greystone Books
  • Publication date: 10/10/2004
  • Pages: 190
  • Sales rank: 1,013,979
  • Product dimensions: 5.46 (w) x 7.76 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction 1
1 Birth 9
2 Taking Root 43
3 Growth 77
4 Maturity 109
5 Death 149
Selected References 181
Index 184
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  • Posted January 2, 2013

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    Very Highly Recommended - If you love nature and science, you must read it!

    "Tree" is David Suzuki's best and most personal book. Suzuki is a biologist and a science popularizer. He had a long-running PBS series on science. Here he writes about a single tree, a Douglas-fir, the tree he sees walking to the beach from his vacation cottage in British Columbia. The birth, life, and death of this single tree comes alive through vivid narration interspersed with science lectures. "Tree" is illustrated with lovely line drawings.

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