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Sherlock Holmes Stories - Don't Trees Grow?
In the Musgrave Ritual, there is a set of questions and answers that each generation of the Musgrave family had to memorize. This set of answers gave directions to a place, but it had been forgotten what it meant. Part of the directions included information about the shadows of trees. Holmes learned the height of a tree that had been cut down, and figured out where the shadow should have fallen. He went to the place, followed the directions, and found the hidden treasure. The only problem is, the height of the tree he had been given was from about twenty years previous to his adventure, while the questions and answers had been written over 200 years previous. If that was the case, the tree would have grown a great deal, making the directions useless.
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Monti on 08-08-2001
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PhantomSteve2002 writes:
Your idea would be correct if trees continued growing indefinitely, but they don't! Trees have an S-shaped growth curve, growing slowly when young, much faster at intermediate ages, and slowing down as they mature until they level off at a maximum height. So why do trees stop getting taller? Well, for a discussion of that, look at Columbia University's http://www.fathom.com/course/21701736/session5.html In short, trees stop growing in height after a certain length of time (depending on the variety of tree). It would certainly be possible for a tree that has been around for 200 years to have stopped increasing its height, and therefore have a fixed height which Holmes could have used!
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