by Shane Coffield (ComSciCon-LA 2020)
From what I’ve seen of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, there’s one scene that stands out to me as a scientist. In The Two Towers, there’s a tree that comes to life and begins walking. These “Ents” are some of the oldest and largest living things in the fantasy world of Middle-earth.
The Ents remind me of our coastal redwoods and giant sequoia trees here in California–the oldest and largest trees in the world. Historically they’ve thrived in California because they are well-adapted to mild climates and occasional fires. ... Read more about A Race Against Climate Change for California’s Forests