What makes a forest a forest?
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At first glance...
It's easy to think we understand what defines a forest.
Just a group of trees, right?
By some definitions, that’s true...
(0.5 Hectares with greater than 10% tree cover, trees must be taller than 5 meters)
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization, a forest is just a precise ratio of big trees on a bit of land.
With that definition it’s easy to think you know what a forest is.
If we dig a little deeper, we’ll find a hidden world that will reshape how we think about forests.
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Everything starts with interactions.
People often think of plants as competitors – slowly fighting for water, food, and sunlight.
But forest isn’t a battlefield – it’s a natural economy built on simple interactions.
Recent scientific studies have revealed a hidden network beneath the forest floor.
This network allows trees and plants to interact – to share food and water and even communicate with each other.
The network is called the Mycorrhizal network. It’s a web of fungi that connects tree and plant roots.
The network exchanges nutrients and energy between plants – the strength of one is a result of the many.
We’ve only just started to study how it works, but it reveals that forests are much more than the trees we see.
Our perception of a forest changes when we can see the source of the forest’s interactions.
Simple interactions can give rise to bigger things.
Complex things that can inspire and delight.
Finding the interactions inside any system will help you learn more how the system works.
Seek the source of every interaction.
Want to know more about the way the world works?
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