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Could palm trees grow in the Antarctic ?

If climate change continues then the Antarctic could be transformed in to a lush forest zone. The prediction comes following the discovery by scientis…

Bialowieza Forest

Before humans arrived in Europe, the continent was covered in forest. The largest remaining part of that original woodland is Bialowieza Forest, which spans the borders of Poland and Belarus. At least it does now. The history of the forest includes hundreds of years of rule under various kings, some who exploited the forest and some [...]

The Decapitating, Rat-Eating Clocks of the Black Forest

As the full title says, these are not your grandmother’s cuckoo clocks! Justin Miller has been fascinated with cuckoo clocks of the Black Forest since he was a child. He tells us about the origins of clocks with automatons, and how they became associates with the Black Forest region of Germany. Shown here are clocks [...]

How Smokey Bear Helped Win World War II

Only you can prevent forest fires, but only Smokey could help us topple the Axis powers. © CORBIS Forest fires posed a terrifying threat during World War II. Fighting wildfires required huge chunks of precious manpower that otherwise could have been utilized for building tanks or guns. Infernos also swallowed up thousands of acres of wood, a [...]

Totoro Piggy Bank

The keeper of the forest can keep your money safe. Flickr user Mariana Rojas added this adorable color scheme to a piggy bank. Link -via Offbeat Home

Prehistoric forest found preserved in China

An entire forest over 298 million years old has been discovered buried underneath a coal mine. The forest is so well preserved that scientists are cal…

Researchers Discovered “Permian Pompeii”

Scientists have discovered a tropical forest encased in ash when a volcano erupted about 300 million years ago. The finding, dubbed the "Permian Pompeii" after the Roman city that was buried in ash, preserved [...]

Where the Trees Are

NASA posted a map detailing the “Aboveground Woody Biomass” in the continental United States (in other words, trees). Josef Kellndorfer and Wayne Walker of the Woods Hole Research Center (WHRC) recently worked with colleagues at the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Geological Survey to create such an inventory for the United States. The map above was [...]

World’s Smallest Frog

A newly-discovered frog, Paedophryne amauensis, is not only the smallest frog species, but the smallest vertebrate ever found. The frogs were found in the rain forest of Papua New Guinea, living among fallen leaves. They are 7 millimeters long, about a quarter of an inch. They are well camouflaged among leaves on the forest floor, and [...]

Mystery of the ‘Crooked Forest’

A mysterious forest in north-west Poland has visitors perplexed due to its strangely curved trees. Over 400 curved pine trees planted over 80 years ag…