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In the title it states trees that live for a thousand years, unbelievably there are records of trees living four times as long, for some trees such as the Yew, their growth patterns mean that dating is extremely difficult, some could be up to five thousand years old and for anyone planting a Monkey Puzzle tree in their front garden it’s salutary to note that it will have 2,000 years more to live than you. Together with a breathtaking selection of photographs depicting trees from all over the world, the book is crowded with facts, history, mythology and science. It also beautifully reflects the awe inspiring nature of these trees, some of which have outlived recorded human history.
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'Among all the varied productions with which Nature has adorned the surfaces of the earth, none awakens our sympathies, or interests our imagination so powerfully as those venerable trees, which seem to have stood the lapse of ages...' John Muir, 1868 A fascinating celebration of the some of the oldest living organisms on the planet, from the grand Oaks of Europe and mighty Redwoods of California to Africa's 'upside-down' Baobab tree, and from the Ginkgos of China and Korea to the Olive tree, the worldwide symbol of peace. Ancient Trees covers those species of tree that have lived for more than a thousand years: the Redwood, Bristlecone pine, Montezuma Cypress, the Monkey Puzzle, Amazonian Ancients, Yew, Oak, Sweet Chestnut, Lime, Olive, Welwitschia, the Baobab, Kauri, Totara, Antarctic Beech, the Fig, Cedar, and Ginkgo.
'The incredible pictures contained in Ancient Trees: Trees that Live for 1000 Years by anna Lewington and photographer Edward Parker, almost defy description - the detail in the wood seems to jump from the page.' - The Bookseller
Publication date: 20/09/2012
Publisher: Batsford Ltd an imprint of Anova Books
|Publication date:||20th September 2012|
|Publisher:||Batsford Ltd an imprint of Anova Books|
|Genres:||Biography / Autobiography, eBook Favourites, History, The Real World,|
|Categories:||Trees, wildflowers & plants,|
Anna Lewington is a well-known writer and researcher on the uses people make of plants. Her previous books include Plants for People, Atlas of Rainforests and several educational books. She took part in BBC TV's 'Rough Science' Edward Parker is a renowned and prize-winning photographer. He has worked as a photographer in more than 30 countries, documenting environmental issues. He is the project manager of the Ancient Tree Hunt.More About Anna Lewington