Whether it is possible to be guided by areas on a moss on trees

Each school student knows that the moss grows only on North side of a tree, so if you got lost in the wood, then without effort you will orient on parts of the world. But whether this sign is always right? Ecologists claim that it is not necessary to trust plants blindly.

Throughout the millennia wanderers and researchers were guided on the way, using natural natural navigators: the provision of stars in the sky, the direction of wind and of course a moss. Common sense and the experience accumulated by mankind says to us that the moss grows only on North side of trees, so you will be able to orient on parts of the world even in case were lost in a thicket. Caitlyn Phong, the ecologist from the University of California, in general does not refute this statement. According to her, the moss demands the wet and shady environment, otherwise it quickly dries. In process of advance from the equator to the north, sunshine reach Earth more often from South side, under a small bias, but is not strictly vertical. Therefore the North side of all objects receives less light and is shaded.

This rule, however, is right only for the northern hemisphere. On the southern hemisphere everything will be strict on the contrary: because of Earth inclination sunshine get mainly on North side. For example, in Australia the moss grows in the basic on South side of trees. Architects also should take it into consideration that windows came to the light party, Phong says.

Nevertheless, you should not be trusted plants blindly. At the mokhoobraznykh there are no roots and characteristic vascular system for water circulation and minerals, and it means that they can lose very quickly all liquid — therefore prefer a shadow. However, a set of factors in the nature can create both a shadow, and the increased humidity so they mokhoobrazny in the heavy-bodied wood can grow in all directions. Therefore completely you should not refuse a compass, certainly. However if all of you got lost, the most reasonable will be to examine as much as possible trees and to understand where the moss young growth is most often visible and whether there is no it in a shadow from other forest objects.

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