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Section: Logical Reasoning
Topic: Resolve the Paradox
Difficulty level: Challenging

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Both oak and red maple trees have been present in the forests of Somberville for many centuries, and till 1900, their share in the number of all trees in these forests was 99 percent and 1 percent, respectively. However, in the year 2000, red maple accounted for 25 percent of all trees in these forests while the rest were oak. This dramatic increase in the population of red maple during the twentieth century happened even though the physiological attributes of the leaves, stem and roots of this tree do not give it any competitive superiority over oak.

Which of the following, if true, would most help to resolve the apparent paradox presented above?

AThe average lifespan of red maple is 200 years while that of oak is 350 years.
BRed maple has lower light, water and nutrient requirements than oak.
CDuring the twentieth century, the total forested area in Somberville decreased by 96 percent.
DRed maple is much more sensitive to forest fires than oak, and deliberate measures taken during the twentieth century to suppress forest fires in Somberville successfully reduced occurrences of fire, which had been quite frequent till then.
EDuring the twentieth century, the population of white-tailed deer in the forests of Somberville increased dramatically, and these deer much prefer to eat the seeds and newly sprouted plants of red maple than those of oak.

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