Trees grow naturally in a stand of woods. As lingin evolved
plants became woody, whereby the stalks could rise up and support their own
weight. This let the giant trees be superior competitors for available
light by literally overshadowing all else. This also placed the rich food
of leaves they produced out of the reach of most predators, allowing the
trees longer life and health!
Trees not only could use their tough wood for stilts to
gather light first choking out competition, and be out of reach of raiders
at the same time, but also to protect their other resource zone of the
garden they maintain to feed themselves in the soil. Gathered together a
thicket of woods trees set up barriers to access or free flow of wind
to stress it's members or their mulch stores, but also barrier zones to
ground compression all over the soil space. Permeable ground is key to rich
accessible soil elements by trees; any compression can violate these
delicate life spaces and the processes in them. The lined trunks were like
a fence keeping a rich tilled garden from being trashed; if not in whole,
them in part by tons of large animals! For, the largest of the large must
gather and maintain more than any other to maintain itself above and below
Being the largest and heaviest life, that also stands the
tallest forces trees to take advantage of types of physics better than any
other life around also. In reaching for all available light, the tops
interlock giving high leverage support to trees at many points. This also
can make it harder for mistletoe etc.infestation through the thick unbroken
green caps; as well as keep more of a genetically pure strain of trees
evolving specifically in that local's conditions for many generations i
think for better adaptability.
Trees must support their large mass, and will do so in the
easiest fashion. If grown together in the woods, their tops will lean on
each other for support, limit movement etc.; while breaking up wind loading
forces for each other. If a bunch of trees are cleared, 1 left here and
there, besides all else that has changed; their are some immediate
mechanical differences. The trees, suddenly don't have restrictions to
movement, or outright support at outermost leveraged points of tips from
each other. While at the same time, the wind force on them is more direct!
If the trees had grown separately, the wind would have exercised them and
made them strong. Now the trees, lazily used to support or restriction of
movement, and no wind are suddenly loaded fully by wind with no support!
Trees are tough and adaptive in time, but it is best to realize what we are
asking, and try to limit what we cause to give them the best chance!
This model is tested and still prevails on the next page,
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