Trees Do Not Grow from the Ground Physics Can Prove It!

If a person were to pause and consider the origin of well... everything in the environment (inside and outside) around them, would they be able to trace every object and source of energy surrounding them? Backtracking the desk upon which you write to the store, then the factory, then the lumber mill, then the open forest is a good start, but what about the trees? Most people would point to the fact that trees come from seeds, but obviously, trees and seeds do not possess the same mass. It is at this point where physics is lightly touched upon. Of course we will not delve today into the level of physics shared in the Mathematical Research Letters, compiled by the International Press, but we will begin an interesting investigation into exactly why you can, “knock on wood”.

While plants do require added nutrients that are typically supplemented through the soil via fertilizer of some kind or another (artificially compiled ones or natural decay of organic material from the surrounding environment), the general mass of a tree does not come from the soil. If this were true, then the soil surrounding any given plant would effectively be “sucked up” into the plant to help it grow. Additionally, taking a look at wood also verifies that the mass of a tree does not come from huge amounts of water absorbed from the ground or air. It is also commonly thought that plants feed off of “sunlight”, and are confused by the term “photosynthesis”. In reality, it is sunlight that is utilized by the plant to break down molecules in the air to add to its mass. Sunlight and the plant work together to separate carbon dioxide in the air into its separate parts: carbon and oxygen. The carbon molecules enter the tree and add to its mass, and the oxygen returns to the air.