What’s Stronger: Wood or Steel?

What’s stronger: wood or steel? You don’t even have to think about it, do you? Steel is a stronger construction material than wood. Steel is harder than wood, so of course, it’s the stronger of the two.
But wait . . . it’s a trick question.
Mike and I were hiking at Tallulah Gorge, and I had to stop and take this photo. A steel cable that once held up a bridge was wrapped around a tree. The cable was rusted and cut off, and the trunk was all that was left of the tree.

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