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Subject: Re: [Q-R] Marie Antoinette Oak Faces the Axe
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2003 11:43:13 -0400
There is one small pic here -
not very good, but I can't seem to find anything else
On Sat, 30 Aug 2003 15:53:28 -0500 (CDT)
(SwampQueen CHAUVIN) writes:
> I'D LOVE TO SEE A PIC OF IT.......MOI
> MMEBE AT GOOGLE HUH:)
> Marie Antoinette Oak Faces the Axe
> Thu Aug 28, 8:25 AM ET PARIS (Reuters) - A heatwave this month in
> France has killed hundreds of thousands of trees in the worst crisis
> hit forests since violent storms in 1999 and has claimed Marie
> Antoinette's favorite oak tree at the Palace of Versailles.
> Forestry experts said the heatwave, which saw temperatures topping
> 104 Fahrenheit in some regions in the first half of the month, has
> decimated forests due to lack of water and insect plagues and is now
> making other trees shed their leaves early.
> "Practically everything that was planted this year in the northeast
> of France has died," said Celine de Bohan, spokeswoman for the
> federation representing private owners, who control 70 percent of
> France's woodland.
> The most high-profile casualty, now likely to face the axe, is a
> 321-year-old oak tree at the Palace of Versailles outside Paris
> which is
> said to have provided shade for Marie Antoinette, the wife of King
> XVI. They were beheaded in the French Revolution.
> Standing 30 yards high, with a trunk circumference of 6 yards, it was
> considered one of 16 outstanding trees in the imposing gardens which
> one of France's top tourist attractions, said Alain Baraton, chief
> gardener at Versailles.
> The tree had been weakened by the 1999 storms which destroyed a copse
> previously sheltering it.
> "The tree was tired and unwell and found itself directly exposed to
> August sun," Baraton said.
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