08 Mar '12, 9pm

6 Famous Trees Killed by Human Folly

6 Famous Trees Killed by Human Folly

Trees are, really, amazing organisms. When left alone, they perform dozens of essential ecosystem services including carbon absorption, food production, erosion control, and temperature regulation. Some species live for hundreds—even thousands—of years and others grow to be truly massive in size . Even in death, trees continue to serve vital functions, contributing to the vibrance of the forest floor. Unfortunately, however, trees these days are rarely left alone to do their good work. Instead, people keep finding ways to interfere—sometimes with catastrophic consequences. There is perhaps no better example of this than these six trees killed by human folly. 1. Meth Addicts: 1, Ancient Trees: 0 JGKlein /Public Domain Last week, a methamphetamine abuser in search of shelter stumbled upon "The Senator," a 118-foot, 3,500 year old cypress tree in Florida. After taking refuge ...

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