Some Additional Details on the Expanded Concept of Tree Decay |
The Breakdown of Ordered Wood Results in Disordered Material
DISCOLORATION is a process. DECAY is a process. DISCOLORED and DECAYED wood represent the DISORDERED PRODUCT of an ORDERED material.
Many microorganisms are involved in the processes that result in decayed wood. The wood cells have been killed and the decay-causing microorganisms compete among themselves for the dead matter. Many factors affect the rate of decay. The TREE has the greatest influence in the LIMITS of the decay column. Most of the events in the decay process are ORDERED. The classical concept of decay deals mostly with disordered events. It is impossible to regulate disorder.
The expanded concept of decay deals primarily with ORDERED events. The ordered system of trees and microorganisms is constantly impacted by many types of ordered and disordered events: Temperature extremes for short periods, moisture extremes for short periods, changing soil elements, storms, fires, logging operations, soil compaction, flooding, earthquakes, soil grade changes, pollution, chemicals, gas leakage, human-caused epidemics, or diseases and insects.
When drill holes are inflicted into moderate compartmentalizers, a pattern like this results-long vertical columns and some lateral extension of discolored wood.(fig. 85)
When drill holes are inflicted in weak compartmentalizers, columns that look like this are seen-long vertical columns and complete lateral extension of discolored wood. (fig. 86)
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