Competition and Tree Death Most trees die young in the struggle for the forest ' s scarce resources

  title={Competition and Tree Death Most trees die young in the struggle for the forest ' s scarce resources},
  author={Robert K. Peet and Norman L. Christensen},
ree deaths are often dramatic events. Fires can consume thousands of hectares of forest in a single conflagration. The powerful winds of hurricanes and tornados can flatten all the trees in their paths. More subtle events of synchronous tree mortality, such as those caused by defoliating insects or fungal diseases, may attract attention because of the ghostly skeletons that remain. But these dramatic forms of tree mor- 
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