Many years ago the environment on this planet was not able to support life the way we see it now. Carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, sulfuric gases, and methane gas did not allow vegetation, including trees; sophisticated insects, mammals, and human beings to come into existence. Once oxygen developed and became stabilized within a 30-mile radius from the surface on this earth, there is life developed the way we see it.
The numerous computers that give us our impulses are still in good order. The trees, however, are so old that certain impulses have ceased to exist. If the inside of a tree completely decays because of the weakness of the cellulose tissues, the thin three-inch rim consisting of the xylem and the phloem will keep the tree from toppling over. That tree stem resembles a pipe and not a rod. Scientists have hung a tree up on cables and took the whole inside out to prove that a tree can exist by having only a 2%z-inch rim supporting all the needs of this 10-ton tree such as osmosis, the turgor, the photosynthesis, and everything necessary to produce 7,000 acorns per year from that tree.
The emphasis in this example is not stability, but reproduction. Maybe one acorn out of 7,000 will germinate, grow, and continue the species. From the decaying leaves, fruit and decaying wood on the ground the excrement of trillions and trillions of insects on this planet, and water soluble nitrogen from lightning, the trees will get their nourishment. The trees will absorb through their root system nitrogen, phosphate, potash, lime, and trace elements, and by virtue of their sugar transformation it is transported throughout the entire system in that tree, building up tissues, fighting diseases, healing wounds, etc. The trees will absorb through the leaves carbon dioxide and give off oxygen, which humans, mammals, and insects need to exist.
We on the other hand ingest starch, sugar, proteins, calcium, and trace elements; to convert them through hydrochloric acid in our stomach into nitrogen, phosphate, lime, potash, and trace elements. This completes a cycle, which is one of the miracles of our existence. One of the big mysteries is that we have the oxygen available through the tree leaves, and the trees will utilize the carbon dioxide in their system.
Astonishing is the fact that through the specific weight of oxygen, the oxygen clings to the earth surface, making our life possible because it is constantly available to us. Apparently the Amazon Rain Forest produces 25% of oxygen to us.
The oldest tree in existence today is the bristlecone pine in the Inya Forest, about 175 miles east of San Francisco. The tree is 4,900 years old. The growth is 1'/2 inches per hundred years, and the rainfall is about 2' inches per year. Since the ultra microscope and radio carbon data process has been developed, it brought us another step forward to measure time spans in trees and other components.
Amber is rosin from evergreen trees. It is actually sap that drips on the ground, especially in hot weather from pine trees. Occasionally insects will crawl over that sticky blob of rosin and get stuck on it. In time more and more rosin drips on it and the insect gets completely covered with that transparent liquid.
The age of a termite encased in a large piece of amber has been determined, through the carbon data process, to be two million years old. No significant change in appearance between a termite now and the one embedded in amber has been established. It looks like certain species on this earth stay pretty constant. Entomologists and environmental scientists have been astonished about this new realization.