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Roots go deep to support tall trees

October 13, 2012
By GARRY BRANDENBURG , Times-Republican

TREES have a tough job to do, particularly to stay alive throughout all kinds of weather conditions. For those times when strong winds blow, large brace roots normally hold the tree upright against most wind events. Periodically, however, a strong enough wind or tornadoes can exceed the ability of any tree to support itself. For today's photo subject along the bank of the Iowa River, it has a story to tell of a long life already lived. And it is not down yet. It will cling to life in this somewhat precarious perch for a long time into the future.



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