Why Leaves Turn Color In The Fall By Diane Ackerman Analysis

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Valeria Nina
Mrs. Pellicer
English II H
17 Nov. 2015
In the article “Why Leaves Turn Color in the Fall,” Diane Ackerman focuses on the description of how the leaves begin to turn color. Furthermore, her concerns include scientific processes. She also explains how the sunlight plays a significant role in enabling the leaves to create its pigmentation chlorophyll. The process of photosynthesis then takes its active role. Diane states, “Not all leaves turn the same colors. Elms, weeping willows, and the ancient gingko all grow radiant yellow, along with hickories, aspens, bottlebrush 50 buckeyes, cottonweeds, and tall, keening poplars” (Ackerman 543). In this quote, she is saying that not all leaves are the same color. There is a variety of leaves in the world. Which leads up to the next quote.
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Dark green seems to stay longest in the veins, outlining and defining them. During the summer, chlorophyll dissolves in the heat and light, but it is also being steadily replaced. In the fall, on the other hand, no new pigment is produced, and so we notice the other colors that were always there, right in the leaf, although chlorophyll’s shocking green hid them from view” (Ackerman 542). This quote explains the process of the coloration of the leaves. She also compares the difference of how chlorophyll acts during the fall and

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