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redwood fog

These coastal redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens) get 40% of their water from fog. Their remarkable height (many over 300 feet tall) is ideal for capturing the moisture in fog, which collects on their leaves and trickles its way down to the roots. These trees, which live in a narrow range from the edge of southwestern Oregon, down to Monterey County, CA are exceptional in a number of ways. They are the tallest trees in the world, and individuals regularly live to reach 600 years of age. Some have been known to live much longer – for more than 2,000 years! Researchers are still working to understand how climate change may affect these beloved trees into the future. Some preliminary results suggest a warming planet means the trees are actually growing at a faster rate, at least for the time being. However, more data must be collected before scientists can better understand how global warming is affecting redwood habitat, coastal fog, and overall tree health. To learn more about this research, visit this link: https://www.savetheredwoods.org/our-work/study/understanding-climate-change/rcci-forest-network/ . For a local article on coastal fog and redwoods, click here: http://baynature.org/article/fog-and-redwoods-demystifying-the-mist/

Lucia Hadella