Can you quantify the energy of spring?
April 16, 2014 12:04 PM Subscribe
It's spring and the plants and trees which have been bare for months are bursting into life. I've been thinking it must take a lot of energy for a tree to go from having no leaves at all to being covered in too many to count in a relatively short period of time. But how much energy exactly?
posted by neilb449 to Science & Nature (4 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I would be really interested to see how this compares to human energy production or consumption. I appreciate that this probably varies a great deal across different plants and conditions.
Educated guesses, energy values for a single tree to go from bare to fully covered in leaves or power per unit area averages all welcome!