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Mossy branches

Snapshot: Mossy branches

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Richard Palmer
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by Richard Palmer on Oct 10, 2007
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Moss covered tree trunks and branches are common in Hawaiian rainforests. The mosses act as sponges, holding moisture, and allowing rainwater to be slowly relesed to the ground. Without the mossy layer, much of the water would be lost as runoff, and the watershed would be much diminished in its ability to replenish ground water.


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