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Now THAT'S what I call a momma-tree!

 
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"This 3200 Year Old Tree Is So Huge It's Never Been Captured In A Single Image...Until Now."



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Wow, very cool! I think you may be interested in Rachel Susssman's TEDtalk about her project to document the oldest living things in the world:
 
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That tree is useless. LOL
Where are you going to find a log splitter to handle a 27' diameter? (8.2296 m)
 
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When redwoods were first logged, small charges of dynamite were used to reduce them to manageable girth. Huge amounts of waste were generated.
 
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Seriously, a stroll through either the Sequoia, or Redwoods National Parks is enough to make anybody think twice before felling any tree.

Those are majestic symbols of life on this planet. It is difficult to comprehend their magnitude unless you have wandered amongst them.

Oddly, President Lincoln put Yosemite off limits to logging many years before the National Park systems existed. For the 1st 100 years, the forestry crews worked diligently fighting every wild fire that happened. They had never seen a new seedling take hold. Then, one fire was too big for them to handle, and many acres burned. The next spring, 1,000's of seedlings appeared. Investigating this, they discovered that the seeds needed extreme heat in order to get 'launched' from their host.

 
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