Tree Rings and the Aging of Trees: A Controversy in 19th Century America

  title={Tree Rings and the Aging of Trees: A Controversy in 19th Century America},
  author={Christopher H. Briand and Susan E. Brazer and Jeannine M. Harter-Dennis},
During the late 19th Century there was considerable debate in the United States among members of the legal profession, the general public and even some scientists about the validity of using tree rings to determine tree age. In an earlier boundary dispute case in Maryland (1830) the Honorable Theodorick Bland rejected the use of tree rings to establish the date when a purported witness tree was marked with an identifying blaze. Bland did not believe that there was enough scientific evidence or… Expand
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  • Biology
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  • History
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