Trees from around the world
• Trees from around the world
Probably everyone has heard the phrase "forest - the lungs of our planet." Forests cover about 1/3 of the land area, the forest area in the world is 38 million km². By the beginning of the XXI century man has destroyed about 50% of forest areas, pre-existing on the planet.
Walk in the woods and look at the different trees around the world, from Madagascar to Poland, from Scotland to Hong Kong.
The earliest land plants are found in Australia. Their age is about 395 million years. Around 370 million years ago (the beginning of the Devonian period) on land widespread vegetation of the low shrubby forms. And the very first forests were stunted forest of giant horsetails and club mosses, had a height of more than 7, 5 m.
South Sumatra, Indonesia. (Photo by Beawiharta | Reuters):
About 345 million years ago it began the Carboniferous period, during which the onshore spread thick and vast forests of giant horsetails and tree ferns that had a height of about 30 m.
Pitlochry, Scotland. (Photo Jeff J Mitchell):
This is a rare tree with a fabulous name "Blood Dragon" (Dracaena Cinnabari) is very interesting. His name has been for them a red resin exuded juice. Dracaena Cinnabari - endemic to the island of Socotra.
An old Indian legend says that a long time ago in the Arabian Sea on the island of Socotra bloodthirsty dragon lived, attacked the elephants and drinking their blood. But one day, an old and powerful elephant fell to the dragon and crushed him. Their blood is mixed and moistened the ground around. At this point grown trees, called dracaena. (Photo by Khaled Abdullah Ali Al Mahdi | Reuters):
About 225 million years ago the dinosaurs era - the Mesozoic era. The Triassic and Jurassic main tree stand formed sagovnikovye and coniferous trees (many Sequoia), a large number of spread Ginkgoales.
North Carolina, USA. (Photo by Jonathan Drake | Reuters):
In the early Paleogene period, in the era of the Paleocene, the climate continued to be warm and humid, which contributed to the diversity of flora and abundant vegetation, including angiosperms woody plants. The forests of the northern hemisphere were similar to modern forests tropical and temperate regions.
An interesting composition: stone crosses, indicating the graves of German soldiers at the German military cemetery in Hoglede, Belgium, eventually absorbed by nature. Crosses for the development of a powerful tree - not a hindrance. (Photo by Christopher Furlong):
And the bush is not a hindrance to several thousand tonnes of used tires in a landfill in France. (Photo by Eric Cabanis):
Generally, once a person completes the activity, nature immediately takes its germinating through anything. (Photo by David Goldman):
By the way, half of the forest zone of the Earth. It belongs to the tropical forests. (Photo ):
At the end of the Cenozoic period, which began 66 million years ago and features a large variety of land, sea and flying animals, became dominant conifers. Quaternary period, which ended in Cenozoic era began about 1.8 million years ago and continues today. The alternation of periods of extensive continental glaciations and warmer interglacial periods led to the extinction of many species of trees and other plants. Incidentally, this tunnel of love - a natural monument of local importance. Located near the village of Klevan in Ukraine Rovno region Rovno region.
Hong Kong. This tree and its roots bricks - not a hindrance. (Photo by Clément Bucco-Lechat):
Place near Marlborough in the South of England - one of the most spectacular places in Britain to see bluebells in spring. (Photo by Toby Melville | Reuters):
In the past 8,000 years, the man is completely reduced about 50% of the forest area that existed on the planet, these territories are occupied by crops, pastures, settlements, heathlands and other man-made landscapes, of the remaining forest, only 22% are made up of natural ecosystems. And more than 75% of deforestation accounts for XX century.
Snow in Antrim, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan):
A beautiful leaf in Shaanxi Province, China. (Photo by Reuters):
Another "capture" of the territory of nature - a magnificent tree in Guadeloupe. (Photo by Nicolas Derne):
So it should look like the road to the house. Mansion in Louisiana and Oak Alley. (Photo by Tim Graham):
The tree was recognized as one of the most terrifying tree in Britain. As if, out of his mouth dripping slime. Wood to be close to home for the elderly. One of the workers tells his children to see the tree, then a week could not sleep. (Photo by David Garnham):
All of us are used to a little bit to a different species of the Great Wall of China. But in reality, in many areas it looks like this. Instead of millions of tourists in many places Walls - trees. (Photo by Damir Sagolj | Reuters):
And in Minnesota snow again. As in the TV series "Fargo." (Photo by Scott Olson):
It is difficult to convey the impression of visiting such grand places like Cambodian temple complex. Apart here is the temple of Ta Prohm (Ta Prohm), where huge trees, reminiscent of ancient redwoods and oaks merge with walls and towers, and gigantic hug the rocks back. (Photo by Lucas Schifres):
It looks like a forest after a forest fire. Place south of Santiago, Chile. (Photo by Martin Bernetti):
A few years ago in Pakistan, there was a mass invasion of spiders, due to which one can observe an unprecedented spectacle: they are so densely covered roadside trees of its cobwebs that they could barely be seen under the assemblage of the finest yarns.
The reason for this was the was the most disastrous in the past 80 years floods, which affected the lives of millions of people and has led to long-term flooding much of the country. (Photo by Russell Watkins):
So very unusual tree trunk in Guangxi, China. Like a spider web.
An unusual form of this tree in Africa, there is a legend. One between God and baobab spat occurred. Angered at the tree, God tore it out of the ground and stuck back up roots. Read more "Baobab - a tree growing upside down." (Photo by Anthony Asael):
Buddha Head intertwined with the roots of a tree in the ruins of the ancient city of Ayutthaya, Thailand. (Photo by Jorge Silva | Reuters):