By Kristen Sell
Trees are miraculous and breath-taking objects of nature. They do this amazing thing where they take in the carbon dioxide we breathe out, and turn it into oxygen for us to breathe. Consequently, some people tend to think that that’s all they do. They are wrong.
Where does cinnamon comes from? What cleanses the air from pollutant gases/odors, and the water from pollution? How do you tell what season it is without calendars? Why does your fireplace burn? Where do all the little fox, squirrels, and creatures in your backyard live? That’s right, trees.
When you enjoy a pinch of ground-up cinnamon on your oatmeal, you are actually eating ground up bark from the inside of a cinnamon tree. The Cinnamon Tree is grown in Indonesia, China, Vietnam, and Burma. Most of the cinnamon imported here comes from Sri Lanka. Cinnamon bark is rubbed, and then scraped off of the inner bark of an evergreen cinnamon tree. Farmers then lay out the bark so they can curl up to form quills, otherwise known as cinnamon sticks.
Through the pores on tree’s leaves, trees actually absorb pollutant gases in the air. In the gas exchange of carbon for oxygen, other gas elements will enter. The tree will most likely use the nutrition in these extra gases as food, or release them into the soil and air. Therefore, trees actually cleanse the air!
Another amazing thing trees do is filter and clean water. When trees roots are near a large body of water or running water, they will filter the water by absorbing it through their roots. Trees can also naturally improve water quality by slowing rain as it falls to on the ground. This helps the ground soak up the water easier.
Red, orange, yellow, and green; also known as the many colors of a tree’s leaves. Trees leaves change color during the seasons: fall, spring, and summer, and fall off during winter. Back before technology, people and animals depended on trees to let them know what time of year it was.
Think of all the items and objects in your house, what are the majority of them made out of? Probably wood; wood from a tree. On those cold, winter nights a log in the fireplace will always be there for warmth. Wood is used commonly all around your house, and is probably the frame of your house for that matter.
Look outside your backyard window. Notice the little squirrels collecting nuts, and running up and down the fig tree. Notice the woodpecker embedding its food into the great big, oak. The whole world revolves around trees, and not just for air to breathe.