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March 27, 2006


Tim Abbott

Climate change will likely add more trees to the former prairie. It astounds me to think of how rapid these transformations have been.
Humans do not comfortably grasp timespans greater than those we inhabit- the remembered past of grandparents and those they knew when young, perhaps, but not much before. From the perspective of deep geologic time, this 6th, great extinction event we are living through includes those losses caused by the current activity of our species and those that came at the end of the last glaciation. 10,000 years or so in the span of modern Homo sapiens sapiens and a century or two of the modern era are thin layers in the sediments of time. Not that that is necessarily a comforting thought.


Astonishingly, Missouri now has more forested land than it did in pre-settlement times. But this has come at the cost of all of the prairie land there that is now mostly lost forever. Looking forward to your enlightening posts over at Whorled Leaves.

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