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Tree Ring Talk by tucsonmike on 17 April 2008 7:05am
This was in my Sister City Group tonight. We have a Professor at the U of A, from Siberia, who is in the special Tree Ring Lab there. Irina is a biologist, who is studying tree rings from stumps at archaeological sites in Kazakhstan.

Re: Tree Ring Talk by canaveralgumby on 17 April 2008 7:22am
Oh geez, and all I can think of is Eric Idle interviewing Irina as "A. Tree."
Re: Tree Ring Talk by elina on 17 April 2008 9:14am
Fascinating. Tree rings tells lot about history, so they are a good help for archaeologist. Though I don't think Indiana Jones would bother to look at them :)
Re: Tree Ring Talk by johnnythemonkey on 17 April 2008 9:46am
The name for the science is dendochronology.
Re: Tree Ring Talk by kazzzz on 17 April 2008 2:51pm
Yes Johnny we all know how to use Google.
Re: Tree Ring Talk by arty_farty on 17 April 2008 4:21pm
mr and mrs next door had their poplar tree cut down and the stump is huge. probs was about 200 years old
Re: Tree Ring Talk by kazzzz on 17 April 2008 4:28pm
You wouldn't be allowed to cut a tree that old down here, it's be under preservation protection.
Re: Tree Ring Talk by Lounge Trekker on 17 April 2008 6:27pm
Count the rings, arty! Each pair of rings, one will be wider and could be a lighter colour, indicates one year of growth for the tree. They indicate different growth rates, ie different seasons.

The number of pairs of rings tells you approximately how many years old it was.

Lounge Trekker
Re: Tree Ring Talk by mrsthing on 18 April 2008 3:59am
There's a slice of 900-year-old redwood on display at Muir Woods in California. Pretty impressive. Some of the rings are labeled "Vikings land on North America" and "Columbus discovers New World" and stuff like that. Puts it in perspective.
Re: Tree Ring Talk by geordiegirl on 21 April 2008 5:19pm
Yes Arty likewise in UK you shouldn't just cut down very old trees: the local authority usually has them all listed for preservation (they'll let you prune). If you are in UK that may have been done illegally. I too think it's a great shame when it happens.
I've seen one in East Sussex which is supposed to be about 800 years old - it's a yew & they live forever.

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