Trees

A particle simulation of the life cycle of a forest
Caleb J. Howard  -  1999
 
 

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In support of further developments of our work in artificial life, our ecosystem has been enhanced with a more realistic model of reforestation.  A particle system was developed to represent multiple stages in the development of a tree to seed-bearing maturity.  The model is simple enough to be efficient in it's execution, and yet the growth pattern which emerges is visually satisfying.