Halifax trees remember the explosion

I sometimes think there are more big trees per hecare in Halifax than there are in most of rural Nova Scotia. Many are over 100 years old, some well over 200.

So I guess it’s not surprising that some of them, like a few elder citizens, harbour some memories of the Halifax Explosion of Dec 6, 1917. View A century after the Halifax explosion, grim reminders can still be found in trees by Meagan Campbell in Maclean’s Magazine December 5, 2017

In a bucket lift, in branches, an arborist slit into a trunk with his chainsaw. He did not find wood inside. The sky was getting dark as the silver maple began to spark. “Man, what is in this tree?”…the entire core of the trunk was a column of metal shards. “It dawned on me, ‘wow, man, this is from the Halifax Explosion.’”

Tip of the hat to Treefrog Forestry News for this item.

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