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  Weekly Feature (October 1, 2006)

Falling Maple Leaves



     There are ten different kinds of maple trees in Canada and like all other deciduous trees they shed their leaves in fall. Why does this happen? As the days grow shorter and the nights grow longer and cooler, the chlorophyll that gave the tree leaves their green colour throughout the spring and summer gradually is destroyed. Also, the veins that carried fluids to the leaves get clogged, so the leaves fall off.  The tree is then sealed by new tissues and protected through winter.  The leaves that fall provide valuable nutrients for the soil below.  The maple tree is a good example of how nature protects and nourishes itself.

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