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: 828,985
  • 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 19, 2015

    Tree by David Suzuki told an eye opening story of a Douglas Fir

    Tree by David Suzuki told an eye opening story of a Douglas Fir from the time of its birth to the time of its death. It really makes you appreciate life around you so much more while supplying you with a lot of information about life.The story starts by telling you how trees have evolved. Bacteria in the ocean made its way to the shore where it became mosses that turned into small plants. These small plants had to compete for sunlight so there stems became thicker and they grew taller until they evolved into trees. You learn how the trees have learned to adapt and survive throughout the years while being rooted in one place. The story tells how certain trees don’t drop their seeds until they reach temperatures that can only be reached by a forest fire. This is so their species of tree will not go extinct. You read about how life came to be and how it involved to what it is now. You also read how the trees interact with different organisms around them from other trees, to birds such as woodpeckers, to animals such as bears and squirrels and finally humans. This book also shows how a tree connects us to the earth. It shows how a tree connects us to the atmosphere, the soil, and to the world's oceans. Even in death the trees serve a purpose. When the tree dies and the trunk falls to the ground, it serves as a nursery for seedlings and other insects. As Suzuki states, even in death, it possesses life-sustaining qualities. The book ultimately states how life depends on trees and the destruction that humans do to the trees will lead to our own demise. This book was a very easy read and very well written.

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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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