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Where do trees get their water?

Two illustrated cross-section views of a landscape. One with a plant's root system in shallow soil saying, 'Shallow for rain!' The other with a tree's root system reaching deeper soil saying, 'Deep soil water.'
Two illustrated cross-section views of a landscape. One with a plant's root system in shallow soil saying, "Shallow for rain!" The other with a tree's root system reaching deeper soil saying, "Deep soil water."
In this blog post, learn how stable isotopes are used to determine a tree's water source.

Grades 9 - 12
Biology/Ecology • Hydrology • SoilScience/Pedology
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Educational Objectives

Readers will be able to describe the possible sources of water for trees and the method used to determine a tree's water source. 

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Audience
K-12
General Public


Observatory: National CZO

Author(s): Justin Richardson (UMass)


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