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Trouet, a leading tree-ring scientist, takes us out into the field, from remote African villages to radioactive Russian forests, offering listeners an insider's look at tree-ring research, a discipline formally known as dendrochronology. Tracing her own professional journey while exploring dendrochronology's history and applications, Trouet describes the basics of how tell-tale tree cores are collected and dated with ring-by-ring precision, explaining the unexpected and momentous insights we've gained from the resulting samples.

Blending popular science, travelogue, and cultural history, Tree Story highlights exciting findings of tree-ring research, including the fate of lost pirate treasure, successful strategies for surviving California wildfire, the secret to Genghis Khan's victories, the connection between Egyptian pharaohs and volcanoes, and even the role of olives in the fall of Rome. These fascinating tales are deftly woven together to show us how dendrochronology sheds light on global climate dynamics and uncovers the clear links between humans and our leafy neighbors. Trouet delights us with her dedication to the tangible appeal of studying trees, a discipline that has taken her to austere and beautiful landscapes around the globe and has enabled scientists to solve long-pondered mysteries of Earth and its human inhabitants.

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  • DragonsWynd
  • 09-02-22

tree books rule!

I have been enjoying the heck outta tree science and this one was great. good words good reading. thank you. i am smarter and entertained

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  • VMS
  • 01-11-21

Narration was irritating

The information in the book was great! However the narration was lacking. The number of mispronunciations was extremely irritating. When reading a book about trees, it seems like you would want to get make sure you get the names of the trees right. The number of times the narrator pronounced the "t" in bristlecone was irksome. And to pronounce the word drought as "drowth" half the time and "drout" in other cases was confusing. It's almost like the narrator was just saying the words with little to no understanding of what she is reading.

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  • John Cashman
  • 07-11-20

Great book

This is one of the most fascinating books I've listened to in along while. It's both entertaining and educational. Who could ask for more?