In continuation of the topic we started last week, this week we are talking about evergreen trees in the winter. An article that Casey read in Delta’s in-flight magazine (a very scholarly journal indeed) piqued her curiosity about the distribution of coniferous forests. At higher latitudes, deciduous trees become less common and coniferous trees dominate. But why? Perhaps it has something to do with unique adaptations that allow them to deal with the cold temperatures, including moving water out of their cells so they don’t burst when the water freezes and producing their own anti-freeze (for real!).
This episode aired on Radio Boise from February 26 – March 4, 2018.