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The Invisible World

Next time you’re out for a walk in our lovely neighborhood, try this experiment.  See whether you can imagine the hidden world below your feet.

Start with this metaphor: a tree is like a wine glass on a dinner plate (video is 1 minute, 38 seconds).

So, even at an appreciable distance from a nearby tree, you’re standing on a plate of soil filled with the tree’s small, tiny, and teensy roots, together with the “dinner” of water and nutrients that feed the tree!

Oh, wait, scratch that: you’re probably standing on a section of multiple, overlapping dinner plates. A massively intertwined network of roots reaching out in all directions from multiple trees:

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