Did you know that coconuts float? One of those things I didn't know until recently. Okay. Did you know that structure of coconuts is being studied in a biomimetics effort to make building more sturdy during earthquakes? When you branch out with your studying, we can see that trees and other plants — well, there's a wagon train load of things we didn't know about plants.
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You don’t have to be a proverbial tree-hugger to love trees and wonder at all the things they can do, and do for us.To read the rest and get to the root of the excerpted article, click on "For the Love of Trees".
India just broke a world record by planting 50 million trees in one day, National Geographic reported. Wow! Other countries are on the tree-planting binge, too. Why would people do such a thing? “Trees sequester carbon dioxide from the air, thereby reducing the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere,” but they provide many other benefits, too. Besides, they are wonders of engineering in their own right, and often beautiful.