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Basque Country
Basque Country
Basque Country
The seven provinces of the Basque Country span France (light yellow) and Spain (rest of the map). The non-Basque enclaves of Valle de Villaverde and Treviño are pictured in red and blue, respectively. Names in this map are in Basque.
History: Basque shepherds in 19th and 20th-century America were said to carve texts and figures on aspens of the American Southwest to express their loneliness. Basque Country is a region in Europe that previously spans the border between France and Spain, on the Atlantic coast.
Location: The five typical aspens are all native to cold regions with cool summers, in the north of the Northern Hemisphere, extending south at high altitudes in the mountains. The White Poplar, by contrast, is native to warmer regions, with hot, dry summers.
Tree:These trees are all medium-sized deciduous trees ranging 15–30 meters tall. All of the aspens (including the White Poplar) typically grow in large colonies derived from a single seedling, and spreading by means of root suckers; new stems in the colony may appear at up to 30–40 meters from the parent tree.
Use: Aspen wood is white and soft, but fairly strong, and has low flammability. It has a number of uses, notably for making matches, where its low flammability makes it safer to use than most other woods. Shredded aspen wood is used for packing and stuffing