Desert Cloud Forest

November 2006
Science & Children;Nov2006, Vol. 44 Issue 3, p9
Academic Journal
The article presents a study conducted by the scientists at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) concerning with the unusual way of trees situated in an odd desert forest in Oman in watering themselves. According to civil and environmental engineering professor Elfatih A.B. Eltahir and former MIT graduate student Anke Hildebrandt, those trees that live in an odd desert forest in Oman are extracting moisture from low-lying clouds in order to water themselves. The trees likewise preserved an ecological niche because they exploit a wispy-thin source of water that only occurs seasonally. Further, Eltahir and Hildebrandt claimed the forest would not regenerate naturally once it is gone, considering the absence of those trees that sweep the extra water from clouds.


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