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What is a balsa wood tower structure?

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According to the Free Dictionary, balsa wood is a strong, lightweight wood used for miniature architectural structures. Model airplanes, cars and buildings are often made of balsa wood. The wood comes from the balsa tree, a native forest tree of lowland Central America.

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Balsa lumber is soft and light, with coarse, open grain. In addition to its use in model towers and airplanes, balsa is often used as a core material in full-scale wind turbines. It is a popular wood type for whittling and woodcarvings. Ecuador supplies 95 percent or more of commercial balsa. Most balsa trees are grown on large, densely packed tree plantations.

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