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Surprised scientists find older trees grow faster than young ones

Delila James | Science Recorder | January 16, 2014

Surprised scientists find older trees grow faster than young ones

Instead of slowing down as the centuries add up, old trees speed up their growth, according to a study published today (Jan. 15) in the journal Nature.

In a surprise finding that may have important implications for forest management, scientists have discovered that most species of trees speed up their growth as they age. The study was published Wednesday (Jan. 15) in the journal Nature.

“Trees keep growing like crazy throughout their lifespan,” said lead author Nate Stephenson, a forest ecologist with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), according to a report by Live Science.

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