Decay And Its Effects On The Global Amount Of Carbon Decay

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Decay All living things must decay to balance the global amount of carbon. Decay can take many years to be completed. Some decay more rapidly than others. For instance, Robinia Pseudoacacia, or Black Locust, has a slower decay rate than coniferous. These both also differ from the decay of human bodies. There are also some less substantial things that can decay as well, but are not needed for balance. All softwoods come from coniferous trees. They grow faster than hardwood trees, and are easier to manufacture. This is because the trees grow fairly tall and straight which makes it easier to cut long, straight planks. Because of the easy manufacturing, this type of wood comes very cheap. Most softwood is used for indoor furniture, or decoration. Some types of softwood trees are: pine, spruce, cedar, and redwood. These trees decay faster for the same reason they are easily manufactured. Manufacturers put several layers of paint on some of the trees. This is one factor that contributes in preventing decay. All it does though, is keep out the fungus that causes decay (mr-dt.com). The only agent of wood decay are fungi. Wood does deteriorate from insects, UV rays, and marine animals, but this is not actually decay. There are three types of decay; white, brown, and soft. You can tell the difference between them by looking at the color of the wood as it decays. White looks bleached, brown is of course a brown color, but soft can be either. In white rot the whitish color comes from…

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