Friction Hitches




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From: View Map

Trees grow naturally in a stand of woods.  As lingin evolved plants became woody, whereby the stalks could rise up and support their own weight.  This let the giant trees be superior competitors for available light by literally overshadowing all else.  This also placed the rich food of leaves they produced out of the reach of most predators, allowing the trees longer life and health!

Trees not only could use their tough wood for stilts to gather light first choking out competition, and be out of reach of raiders at the same time, but also to protect their other resource zone of the garden they maintain to feed themselves in the soil.  Gathered together a thicket of woods trees set up barriers to access or free flow of wind to stress it's members or their mulch stores, but also barrier zones to ground compression all over the soil space.  Permeable ground is key to rich accessible soil elements by trees; any compression can violate these delicate life spaces and the processes in them.  The lined trunks were like a fence keeping a rich tilled garden from being trashed; if not in whole, them in part by tons of large animals!  For, the largest of the large must gather and maintain more than any other to maintain itself above and below the ground. 

Being the largest and heaviest life, that also stands the tallest forces trees to take advantage of types of physics better than any other life around also.  In reaching for all available light, the tops interlock giving high leverage support to trees at many points.  This also can make it harder for mistletoe etc.infestation through the thick unbroken green caps; as well as keep more of a genetically pure strain of trees evolving specifically in that local's conditions for many generations i think for better adaptability.

Trees must support their large mass, and will do so in the easiest fashion.  If grown together in the woods, their tops will lean on each other for support, limit movement etc.; while breaking up wind loading forces for each other.  If a bunch of trees are cleared, 1 left here and there, besides all else that has changed; their are some immediate mechanical differences.   The trees, suddenly don't have restrictions to movement, or outright support at outermost leveraged points of tips from each other.  While at the same time, the wind force on them is more direct!  If the trees had grown separately, the wind would have exercised them and made them strong.  Now the trees, lazily used to support or restriction of movement, and no wind are suddenly loaded fully by wind with no support!  Trees are tough and adaptive in time, but it is best to realize what we are asking, and try to limit what we cause to give them the best chance!

This model is tested and still prevails on the next page, applied to a  Single Tree Test of Theory