My friend in fourth year high school here (name undisclosed to protect privacy) is entering a science project competition and guess what's the topic given to her?
Like, no shit Sherlock. Here's her opening paragraph on cork.
"The tree evolved to protect itself from the harsh conditions of the forests near the Mediterranean. These forests experience frequent droughts, brush fires and temperature fluctuations. Cork is actually made of water-resistant cells that separate the outer bark from the delicate interior bark. It has a unique set of properties not found in any other naturally existing material. It is lightweight, rot resistant, fire resistant, termite resistant, impermeable to gas and liquid, soft and buoyant. It's these properties that make it ideal for stopping wine bottles and tile flooring. Let's take a look at how cork gets stripped from the tree and processed into consumer products."
Now add another 22 pages to that.
There's only so much one can really write about wonderful cork.
God bless her (poor) soul.
Good luck though. =)