The storybook of trees

The storybook of trees

A towering Brazil nut tree in Brazil’s Amazonas state. Credit: Victor Caetano-Andrade

Evolving technologies hold the key to unlocking information stored by ancient tropical trees, which have borne witness to human activities and environmental forces from pre-historic to industrial epochs.

“As trees grow, they absorb details about their surroundings into their wood, creating snapshots of the environment through time,” says Victor Caetano-Andrade, from the Max Planck Institute in Germany.


Published by Cosmos.

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