Monday, May 3, 2010

Large?

I like nature? You all got that by now right?

I love some more than others. After all, I'm not a fan of most sharks or small cats.

Let's try on a little nature today...

This is General Sherman. No, not the dead Civil War guy. Duh. It's a tree [you can say duh here]. It is a Giant Sequoia. This Giant Sequoia, as a matter of fact, is the largest tree by volume in the world. It's at the Giant Sequoia National Park. It weighs more than 1300 tons. 2, 600,000 pounds.

Of tree.


It's 275 feet tall, and is over 2,400 years old. Think about that one for a minute. When the North and South fought our Civil War this tree was over 2000 years old. When Columbus sailed on the ocean blue in 1492 this tree was already 1800 years old. When Jesus walked the earth it was 300 years old.

One of the cooler things about these trees, is that regardless their gargantuan size, they have such tiny cones. It even has a killer scientific name: Sequoiadendron giganteum.

There are a few sites worth visiting if you're interested in such things. Try wiki, this one at thinkquest, this one is okay, and this one from the Natural History Museum is pretty good.

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