So I saw this article and my first thought, "That would make a good guitar body"

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    THAT was your first thought?
     
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    My first thought was to it’s going to die on our watch.
     
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    Well, let's hope we're not destroying 2,000 year old trees to make mulch...

    the article doesn't really get into the details of precisely how climate change is threatening this particular tree or the bald cypress in general. Here's all it says:

    "Although the ancient trees described in this study live on protected land that is privately owned by The Nature Conservancy’s North Carolina chapter, their existence remains threatened by ongoing logging and biomass farming operations (e.g., chopping down trees for mulch) elsewhere on the river, as well as by industrial pollution and climate change."

    There's a whole lot of bald cypress out there in most of the swamps of the south. I hope they are not threatened, by mulch making or otherwise.

    Matter of fact, there's a pretty good sized one in the little courtyard by my apartment in Houston. They are called "bald" because they shed their "leaves" every winter. the leaves look like a small frond of short pine needles. They also grow "knees" - extensions of the root system that return to the surface in a radial pattern around the tree. If you've ever water skied in the swamp, you don't want to run into one at full speed...

    I had recently wondered if cypress might make a lighter weight body. Might. Seems like it's about the same weight as alder, not as heavy as swamp ash. But it's not generally part of the retail lumber market. You can find salvage timber in Louisiana. It is pretty rot resistant - I mean it does grow in standing water. I've seen tables and such; I don't recall seeing any interesting grain patterns, but I haven't seen a whole lot of it either. What I've seen is kind of light brown to pale, straight grain. There is a version, where swamp critters have pecked away at the cypress and that's called "Pecky Cypress".

    Here's the guy in my front yard, maybe 40 feet tall or so, just a young'un really:

    cypress leaning.jpg
     
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    Well second thought actually, my fist thought was that I was sad about such an amazing tree meeting its end. The I thought about making the best of the situation.
     
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    Cypress is not a very dense wood. Soft and about on par with cedar, not a wood I'd choose for any part of an electric guitar.
     
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    That's crap. No matter short of nuclear war that tree will be here to see it. Its just some group bending a story to push their agenda.

    Cool ass tree though.
     
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    Thread locked in 5...4...3...
     
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    R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Get some!
     
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    No disrespect or politics involved. I think we humans flatter our selves with the effect we think we have on this great planet. Other then nuclear explosion, there's not much effect we have. The planet will always adapt as it always has. Yes pick up your trash, try and recycle. Be respectful to what we were blessed with, but this were all gonna die thing........no.
     
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    Nah.

    Science.
     
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    Stupid science. When has it ever been right about anything?
     
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    Yeah, but I’m sad it may pass on our watch.
     
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    Act fast if you like frogs. They’re pretty much a goner.
     
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    Look at the age of that tree - there is a better than 95% chance it will be standing right where it is for our funerals, especially since now its age is now documented. There isn't gonna be anyone cutting it down and it is standing in a thriving swamp. This 12 year scare that is being pushed is not even a blink of an eye in the time span of this planet. We try and do our part and make things a little better, but our footprint is not very big in the grand scheme of things. These scientist are putting out scares to justify their funding.
     
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    Who has more money? Research universities, or oil and gas companies? If Exxon could fund scientifically valid studies that proved what you believe, don’t you think they would?

    Just a tiny bit of critical thinking is as fatal to climate change denialism as the post Industrial Age has been to amphibians.
     
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    What do you think will happen if a group has been getting funding for years to study the disappearing amphibians and they find a gigantic thriving existence of them. They are not going to say we were wrong, here take your money back and we don't want it next year. Even if they are disappearing they will adapt. Yes we should do all we can, but the world is not dying. It will adapt as it always has. Who remembers the hole in the ozone that was gonna kill us all? Bam! It fixed itself. Instead of admitting they were wrong they moved on to something else, global warming, which became climate change, now frogs are being murdered by droves. We are just another species on this planet, our sense of self importance is staggering.
     
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