Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Giant Sequoias: The President (Picture of the Day: 12/4/12)

The President. Source

This giant sequoia, affectionately named the President, has helped us come to some ground breaking discoveries about these great trees. In this picture (actually several pictures, giant sequoias are huge) we see Steve Stillett and his team climbing around to do some research. They have been measuring different parts of this tree and taking numerous samples over the years in order to document the growth, age, and effect of climate change on these massive plants. Surprisingly, it has become apparent that older sequoias grow faster than young ones. This 3,200 year old tree has already reached a height of 247 feet, and will continue to grow as it ages. 

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