Date: Around 1999
I am a newly-hired Park Ranger in North Carolina, so of course
everyone I know assumes that I am now omnipotent about all things
natural... Hence, a friend of mine has posed a question I was hoping
you could answer:
In the North American wilderness, on which side of a tree is the
bark usually the thickest? -- the north, south, or west side?
I would guess the south side of the tree since in open areas, the crown
grows best on the south side (exposure to most sun, and least wind damage).
Anthony R. Brach, Ph.D.
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