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True color of leaves

Ray Atchinson ratchins at nova.gmi.edu
Thu Mar 16 21:34:09 EST 1995

I heard on a recent public radio show that leaves don't 'turn' colors
in the fall - that the fall colors are their true colors.  They are green
only due to photosynthesis.  Now, I don't want to become an expert, or
engage in word games if this is what it is - but I'd like to know:
Are leaves green, and turn colors in the fall, or are leaves colors and only 
green in the summer?  (in case you're wondering, yes, I am serious - a brief 
comment or text reference will help me.  Seems I quoted the radio show to a 
friend who now thinks I'm pulling her leg.)


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