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Name: Katie H.
Status: other
Age: 20s
Location: N/A
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Date: 1999-2001 

Recently I was shown two pictures: one of a tree with a red scar caused by a lightning strike and the other of the same tree after a period of time with the same scar, but without the red color.... I would like to know why the lightning caused the wood of the tree to turn red and why the wood returned to its original color after a period of time. I do not know the species of the tree or how deep the scar was.

Perhaps related to new exposure of wood vs. oxidation over time, and/or to tree wounds and recovery.

Anthony R. Brach, Ph.D.

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