Thirsty Trees Make Noise

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Trees are quiet creatures, right? They don’t make much noise aside from pleasant fluttering of leaves and the occasional creaking or cracking of branches. Not so, according to French scientists. A recent study has determined that trees make a lot of noise when they are thirsty, but it’s too rapid for the human ear to detect.

Researchers attached sensitive microphones to trees to listen to the sounds that they make. The study discovered that in times of drought trees make a kind of slurping sound, similar that extremely irritating gurgling that happens when someone is drinking with a straw and are down to the last of whatever they’ve been sipping.

Chew on that during your next camping trip or woodland hiking expedition.

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Steph Spencer

Steph Spencer is a freelance travel writer from Canada who has been held captive by the travel industry for over 14 years. An incurable smart aleck, notorious purple fanatic, hat person, and ukulele player of questionable abilities, Steph explores the geeky side of travel on her blog A Nerd At Large, and dispenses random quirkiness on Google+ and as @ANerdAtLarge on Twitter. She truly believes that anything is possible with enough determination and copious amounts of chocolate.

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