When I was in middle school I read Richard Preston’s The Ebola Virus in order to complete a school project. I really enjoyed the book but when my Dad bought me another one of his books The Wild Trees I was fascinated.
Science writer Richard Preston delves into this unknown universe of the world’s tallest trees. Mostly California redwoods, they are the colossal remnants of a lost world, some predating the fall of Rome. Suspended in their crowns, hundreds of feet above the forest floor, is a primeval kingdom of plants and animals that only a handful of people have ever seen. According to Preston, it wasn’t until the 1980s that humans made the first forays into the tops of “supertall” trees, in excess of 350 feet high. I found a video of him talking at Ted check out his story below or get the book. It’s a Tall Tale.