Friday, April 8, 2011

Windstorm reshapes Atlanta forests

Atlanta is known for its mammoth trees, which create a forest atmosphere in some metro areas. Monday’s violent storm felled many of these giants in and around the city, killing six people, damaging property and taking out power.

The storm took down 40 trees on the Emory campus. The university has some of the best-preserved hardwood forests in the Piedmont province of the Southeast. When large trees are downed by storms, it’s part of a natural process of clearing out old growth, explains Carl Brown, adjunct faculty in environmental studies.

Hal Jacobs, who writes the blog Quad Talk, spoke with Brown next to Mizell Bridge and the Carlos Museum. Check out the beautiful scenes of campus forest in his video, above, including a great shot of a hawk.

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Scenes from our wild campus
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