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Name:    Mary
Status:     other
Age:     30s
Location: N/A
Country: N/A
Date: Around 1999  


Question:
My daughter's second grade class would like to know why some tree bark is smooth and other tree bark is cracked and peeling? They wonder whether the sun has any impact on the appearance of the bark? I have found that the species of tree determines the appearance of the bark as well as the time of year because some trees shed. I wanted to know if anythng else impacts the appearance of tree bark.



Replies:
Yes, different species have different types of bark which provide adaptations for the plants in their environments.

For more see:
http://www.botgard.ucla.edu/html/botanytextbooks/generalbotany/barkfeatures /fulltextonly.html

There's probably a forestry site somewhere with specific info.

The following might be helpful:
http://fennerschool.anu.edu.au/index.php

Sincerely,
Anthny R. Brach


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