Sunday, June 9, 2013

Deane Rimerman's Eucalyptus Fog Drip Myth

There is a guest post at the milliontrees blog, by self described "student of the forest", Deane Rimerman. Deane it appears, suffers from the same confirmation bias as all the other HCN zealots.

Deane offers the anecdote, that, once upon a time,  while working with a forester, the forester told him that coast redwoods could add the equivalent of 7 inches of fog drip during the dry season.

He then makes the absurd claim that eucalyptus and Monterey pine could do the same.

Arguing that eucalyptus are comparable to coast redwoods is ludicrous.

These photos I took this morning thoroughly debunk this notion.

The fog came in early Saturday evening and  was still quite thick at 9am.

Coastal fog in eucalypti

What better time to test the theory that eucalyptus are the equivalent of coast redwoods.

The redwoods are in the distance, shrouded in fog.
The trail is moistened in the foreground by the young oak canopy.

Here is the ground beneath the young redwoods.

A steady shower from the canopy above has saturated the ground below.

Here is the ground beneath a small oak.

Brush moistened by fog drip from a young oak tree

And here is the ground beneath a much larger eucalyptus.

Not enough drip on the pavement to create beading.

It is because HCN and their milliontrees blog are so adamant about spreading these lies, that I feel compelled to debunk their nonsense with visual evidence!