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Be warned:in this very rich environment where you can immerse yourself so completely, your emotions will become engaged -- and not everyone is cognizant of that. Among the many excellent features of SL, there is no auto-return on hearts, so be wary of where your's wanders...
“When trees first grew on Earth, death followed. The first tree was Archaeopteris. One hundred feet tall and looking a lot like a cedar, it spread its branches, breathed the air, anchored itself in the soil, when soil itself was an innovation, and brought catastrophe to the world. That was 375 million years ago.”
Indeed, the theory is that was exactly what happened. Oh, not immediately, mind you. One tree didn’t make that much difference, but as its progeny spread across the existing land masses during the late Devonian period, the climatic impact was felt. C02 was drawn out of the air and stored it in the waters as their deep roots broke up the rocks under the soil. Ultimately that water was carried to the sea and the carbon dioxide locked away in limestone deposits. As the trees breathed in the carbon dioxide, they exhaled oxygen, and giant winged insects rode the currents of the air. But as the greenhouse effect of CO2 lessened, the world turned colder and ice began to form, and mass extinction followed. Archaeopteris did not survive the climate changes it precipitated. We can see the remains of these ancient trees in Cairo, New York
Although it caused their demise, the changes the trees wrought formed the world we live in today. Made me ponder the changes that humans have caused and wonder what the new world will look like after the Anthropocene era ends ….