Throughout the United States there are many major environmental disturbances that effect the way trees maintain their ability to live. One major disturbance that effects the way trees grow are ice storms. Ice storms can be deadly for many trees but trees also can not be damaged at all because they become resistant to the ice. Almost every year there has been an ice storm that effects part of the northern and eastern United States effecting not only the people that live in that county but also the population of tree species within a forest community. Throughout the years scientists have been studying the effects that ice has on trees. The position of the stand, thickness of the ice, crown structure, and thickness of the wood on the trees are only some of the reasons why certain tree species can withstand the intensity of an ice storm. An ice storm can produce up to 2cm of ice on power lines, telephone poles, and tree limbs.
Many different scientific journals have been written explaining the effects of ice on different tree species. Alan Rebertus and fellow scientists studied storm damage at an old growth hickory
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