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Uncovering Secrets of the Forest

Have you ever wondered what kinds of stories a tree could tell? If only we shared a common language, trees could regale us with tales about the lands they have occupied for decades, or in some cases, even centuries. Fortunately, we don’t necessarily need to speak with trees to learn from them....

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Soapy Trees? Sometimes Trees Need a Shower

If you ever go for a walk in the woods during—or soon after—an extended rainfall, you might find an interesting spectacle: Numerous trees foaming at the base! Although an odd sight to behold, it is actually a visual representation of a process called stemflow. Stemflow is the act of water...

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Out of Hibernation: Celebrating Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day is a fun celebration for us humans each year, as we dream of spring, yet often cling to winter’s rest. But in nature, the real Groundhog Day is a serious matter for male groundhogs, who leave their winter dens in late February to scout out females and ensure other males are not...

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Over-seasoned: Our Taste for Salt Is Killing Our Freshwater Ecosystems

The American palate has developed a taste for salt, not only in our diets—to the detriment of our blood pressure—but also, in standard consumeristic fashion, in a cornucopia of markets that promise to make our lives easier. We soften our household water with salt, coat our crop fields and pastures with salt-laced fertilizers and compost, and deice our roads, bridges and parking lots with rock salt and brine. The widespread and intense use of salt is now threatening our streams and rivers, marshes and ponds, and even groundwater—freshwater resources that were never meant to be so salty.
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