I sometimes feel I pretty-much understand the natural world. Then I find myself saying, “What else don’t we know?”
We are a social species, we humans. We’ve thrived on sharing news, ideas, insights we have gained through experience. We’ve shared information with each other through millennia, from over-the-fire-cave-chatter to over-the-fence gossip…to Facebook Friendships. These bonds of communication help species to survive.
Today we exchange information with the speed of thought, as if the surface of the globe were a network of brain synapses passing on electric currents of data.
But I’ve learned over the weekend that a “wood wide web” on our globe has been around longer than electricity, longer than the cave fires that burned the wood.
There’s a natural web that connects trees, a web that was unknown to me and maybe to you. Yes, forest synapses have been passing information under my feet as I hiked wooded trails and public parks.
I’ve discovered that there was much more going on than I suspected: Trees, sharing, nourishing, protecting each other, through a network, right under the soles of my Timberlines, without my knowledge…without my suspicion.
Maybe you caught this revelation in the NY Times. If not, let me pass the piece on to you that tells about Peter Wohlleben and his book, The Hidden Life of Trees, http://tinyurl.com/Woodweb
A plant that counts: http://tinyurl.com/venus-counts
What else don’t we know?
See also: http://wherethesundontshine.net