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Summit Up 9-8-12: Trying to figure out how change like the leaves of aspen

Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world's only daily column that's fading fast just like the leaves of the aspen trees all over the stinking place.

Ever notice how fall colors sorta spread like a disease? Well we encourage you to take special note of it if this realization has yet to enter your brain!

We'll explain ... one tree turns yellow and then ALL of the trees around it start fading from green to yellow then red. It happens in a blotchy, disease pattern!

We've tried to figure this out! If it were cold air that caused the colors to change wouldn't it spread across sorta like ... you know, evenly? Like a nice little cascading wave from green to yellow to red! But no, it's disease-like!

Millions of Summit Up readers: Umm.. Don't you think it's kind of rude to refer to the beautiful fall colors as disease-like?

SU: Yeah, I guess you're right! But we can't figure out anything other way to explain it ... (Sound of googling in the background) And it's really more like the kind of disease you WANT to catch, cuz it's just so darn beautiful!

We would love nothing more than a boat load of tourists coming miles just to check out the changing colors of our extremities.

Education Alert! Education Alert! It took a little while but we've found the answer! Now time to educate the masses. Our brilliant Professor Wikipedious said leaves colors fade because of the decline of food production coming from the ground!

SU: Ohhhh, so that's why it's all blotchy and beautifully disease-like.

MSUR: We still don't get it.

Regardless, enjoy the changing colors. We out.


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The Summit Daily Updated Sep 8, 2012 12:44AM Published Sep 8, 2012 12:42AM Copyright 2012 The Summit Daily. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.