Sunday, October 3, 2010

The Biggest Trees In The World: California’s Giant Sequoias

With new developments springing up everyday, many of Nairobi's biggest trees are coming down fast. A line of 100-year old Eucalyptus  trees that lined Nyerere Road have come down under the pretext that they were a danger to motorist!

Do we value the city's heritage of trees? How about the rest of the country? Which is the biggest, oldest, oddest tree we have in Kenya? Let me know if you know any worth celebrating about. Below please find the story of the ancient giants of California.

"California’s enormous giant sequoia is the world’s most massive tree and one of the oldest. These trees can grow to more than 250 feet tall (or 76 meters which is about as tall as a 25-story building), with a diameter at breast-height up to 30 feet (about 9 meters). Sequoia National Park’s General Sherman Tree is about 52,500 cubic feet (1,478 cubic meters), which is roughly equivalent to 21,800 150-pound (68 kg) humans! Giant sequoias can live to be 3,000 years old; the oldest recorded specimen exceeded 3,500 years."

The base of Gen Sherman, Worlds biggest tree
The base of Gen Sherman, Worlds biggest tree, August 2007
General Sherman, the worlds largest tree (in volume)
General Sherman, the worlds largest tree (in volume), is the name of a Giant Sequoia with a height of 83.8 metres (275 ft). As of 2002, the volume of its trunk measured about 1,487 cubic metres (52,513 cu ft). The tree is located in the Giant Forest of Sequoia National Park, California. The tree is believed to be between 2,300 and 2,700 years old. August 2007
The Tunnel Log
The Tunnel Log is a fallen sequoia that was hollowed so that visitors can drive through it. August 2007.
La Push First Beach tree
Sequoia driftwood washed up on the beach at La Push, Clallam County, Washington. June 15, 2010

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