Hurricane Maria wiped out more trees than any known storm, taking out mostly older trees that were thought to be resistant to storms. According to the study authors, the damage may be a warning of similar events to come. The researchers determined that Maria killed twice as many trees and broke more than three times as many trunks compared to previous storms. The species that suffered the worst from Maria, with breakage rates up to 12 times those of the other hurricanes, were valuable hardwoods that had a history of being the most resilient to major storms. These giant trees offer specialized habitats for many birds and other animals that smaller trees do not provide.
Experts find that spending time in nature improves health development and educational achievement in children.
Mako sharks can zip through the water at estimated speeds of 70 to 80 miles per hour, making them the “cheetahs of the ocean.”
The experts suggest that we treat our relationship with the environment like a social exchange, believing that environmentally friendly behavior can compensate for harmful behavior.
Although this accidental find revealed a vanishingly rare phenomenon, it might help us to understand an important change throughout the tree of life.