QUESTION TYPE: Paradox
FACTS: Cliff-side cedars get few nutrients and rarely grow as big as cedars in forests. Yet they are often older than cedars found in forests.
ANALYSIS: We need to either find a reason why cliff-side cedars live a long time or we have to find a reason that forest cedars die young.
- This doesn’t explain why cliff-side cedars live so long.
- CORRECT. Fires kill the forest cedars but are unable to kill the cliff-side cedars. So the cliff-side cedars can survive longer.
- This makes things even more puzzling. Shouldn’t the old cliff-side cedars be even more vulnerable since they get fewer nutrients?
- This explains why cliff-side cedars aren’t tall. It doesn’t explain why they live longer than trees in forests. The forest trees get more nutrients.
- This shows that people will rarely want to cut down the forest cedars. This makes it harder to explain why they don’t live as long.
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