Can you identify a tree species from burned ash?

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Can you identify a tree species from burned ash?
« on: 21/04/2008 18:25:35 »
Under the microscope, is there a difference in the burned ash of various tree species? That is, can a scientist tell if the wood was pine, apple, oak, etc?  Thank you!
« Last Edit: 28/04/2008 10:45:41 by BenV »

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Can you identify a tree species from burned ash?
« Reply #1 on: 28/04/2008 22:18:41 »
It would probably be difficult to identify the tree from the fully burnt ash alone although i would think you might stand a chance at differentiating charcoals. These would still have some microscopic structure that might allow you to identify the type of tree from which they originated.