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Date: 10/31/12 05:40 PM

29 Responses to Trees Are Freaking Awesome!

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    uatme Male 18-29
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    October 31, 2012 at 5:41 pm
    Link: Trees Are Freaking Awesome! - You ready to have your mind blown, science and nature nerds?
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    turdburglar Male 30-39
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    October 31, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    Great post!
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    turbotong Male 18-29
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    October 31, 2012 at 6:48 pm
    He`s like the new Bill Nye
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    LightShaded Male 18-29
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    October 31, 2012 at 7:26 pm
    Holy crap. That`s amazing! No one I know could explain something as complex as a tree as clear as this man just did. Simply surreal.

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    DromEd Male 40-49
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    October 31, 2012 at 7:30 pm
    Age of the geek baby.
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    sutra46 Female 40-49
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    October 31, 2012 at 7:55 pm
    It learned me!
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    klaxor Male 18-29
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    October 31, 2012 at 8:05 pm
    that seems horribly inefficient
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    brownboyfrog Male 18-29
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    October 31, 2012 at 8:07 pm
    well. now I have all of these questions about some of the other parts of trees and now I`m going to spend all night looking up the answers rather then sleeping or homework. Just great.
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    carmium Female 50-59
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    October 31, 2012 at 8:42 pm
    Gee! Cute AND smart.... and half my age.
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    Fancysucksss Male 18-29
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    October 31, 2012 at 9:14 pm
    Wow. I didn`t think the trees innards were so advanced
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    5Cats Male 50-59
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    October 31, 2012 at 9:46 pm
    First minute: I did not know that! Must have skipped school that day...

    Woah! Super cool! Now I know how it works!

    AND trees take carbon into their leaves, shoot it down their roots and give it to underground fungi, who then take the carbon and transort it to OTHER TREES (of the same kind) who are too shaded to photosynthesise!! Saw it on TV last week - blew my mind too!

    @klaxor: It does seem inefficient, but consider oceanic filter-feeders: they sift through TONS of water or sand to find tiny bits of food. It doesn`t need to be efficient, it just needs to work!

    7:00 VI HART!!! That`s Vi Hart on the left, in her trademark arm-warmers! VIIII! Marry meeeee!

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    thesandwich Male 18-29
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    October 31, 2012 at 9:58 pm
    So first you tell me it isn`t transpiration. Then you go into the physics of transpiration as your argument. Good try, but it is transpiration while noting it is not due to solutes or the capillary affect.
    And we already knew that most of the water used by trees (and other plants) isn`t for any metabolism or growth but for continuing the flow of water.
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    niceguy191 Male 18-29
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    October 31, 2012 at 10:33 pm
    You get to see Vihart at the end too :)
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    ferdyfred Male 40-49
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    November 1, 2012 at 1:10 am
    @uatme

    excellent post - never even thought about how trees drag water up so high, more of this please!!
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    CrakrJak Male 40-49
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    November 1, 2012 at 1:21 am
    Still, The most beautiful thing about a tree is what you can do with it after it`s cut down.

    Case in point.

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    drawman61 Male 50-59
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    November 1, 2012 at 2:41 am
    Nature haz a clever. So the easy thing would have been to just have 10m tall trees but nature shows why she is the boss once again.
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    Zeegrr60 Male 40-49
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    November 1, 2012 at 4:00 am
    A+.you get a cookie.
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    Canoas Male 18-29
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    November 1, 2012 at 4:55 am
    It does seem inefficient and "stupid" to have tall trees, but that`s all due to the evolution process. In a forest only the taller trees get sunlight so a small and efficient tree would just die.
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    8BitHero Male 18-29
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    November 1, 2012 at 6:38 am
    Awesome stuff.
    The professor from PeriodicVideos!
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    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
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    November 1, 2012 at 7:18 am
    Vi Hart looks like she needs a cheesburger!!
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    AvatarJohn Male 30-39
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    November 1, 2012 at 7:56 am
    "Metres"? That spelling clearly indicates that this guy is a terrorist. Other than that, fun video!
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    Cajun247 Male 18-29
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    November 1, 2012 at 8:43 am
    Hmm, interesting. Liquids are incompressible after all.
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    Cajun247 Male 18-29
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    November 1, 2012 at 8:44 am
    The most beautiful thing about a tree is what you can do with it after it`s cut down.

    Seriously? You HAD to bring that up?
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    5Cats Male 50-59
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    November 1, 2012 at 8:48 am
    @CrakrJak: True that! I`ve made the case that without trees humans would never have achieved civilization - they`re SO USEFUL! Building material, fuel; there`s just no replacement for them.

    @Canoas: True, but tree heights vary according to their location. No 100 metre trees on the prairies! Tree species fit their environment amazingly well.
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    2929AZDR Female 30-39
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    November 1, 2012 at 3:07 pm
    what a hot man! I turned off the sound and just watched him.. mmm
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    malikymoo Female 18-29
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    November 1, 2012 at 3:55 pm
    no way. a periodic table tie. LOVE. IT.
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    Kaagan Male 18-29
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    November 1, 2012 at 4:02 pm
    that’s not all that correct. trees and plants draw nutrients from the soil. just like we need zinc, iron, calcium, etc to build tissues, muscle, bone. Trees need minerals for growth as well. so if what they say is true, that the tree only uses 5-6% of the water and the rest is wasted. well the more water the tree/plant takes in, the more minerals in the soil it will collect (trees can drown however if the ratio of water the minerals is too high). This is also why if you farm, harvest, and farm again without fertilizing the ground, you will over farm the soil. Over farming means, the soil is drained of required minerals for plant growth. A great example of over farming is the dust bowl of 1934. A once excellent, flat, beautiful plane became a hellhole from over farming. The dried up soil does not stick together and weighed less than traditional soil. Because of this, the soil was easily picked up by winds and created dust storms often.
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    avail9988 Male 18-29
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    November 1, 2012 at 4:19 pm
    Yeah that just made my head hurt...
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    5Cats Male 50-59
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    November 2, 2012 at 3:00 am
    @Kaagan: Part one of your post: True, trees get food from their roots too, and can drown if there`s too much water, but I think that was covered in the video...
    And I don`t think any of the water is "wasted" eh? It served it`s purpose: Moving nutrients up and down the tree!

    Part two: Close! It was farming practices, (including over-farming) combined with abnormal weather patterns, that caused the dustbowl.
    It took a law passed in Washington to force western farmers to STOP DOING THOSE DUMB THINGS! One of the rare occasions where The Gov`t actually DID know better!

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