Vertical Panorama Of A Giant Sequoia

This panorama is a composite made from a lot of photos taken of a 3,200 year old, 247′ tall tree called The President, in California’s Sequoia National Park, about five hours southeast of San Francisco. Note the people at the top and bottom of the tree.

The President, a giant sequoia. Photo by Michael Nichols/National Geographic

 

The President is the second largest tree in the world by volume (45,000 cubic feet), and the largest is another sequoia in the same park: a 275′ tall one named General Sherman (52,500 cubit feet).

The tallest tree in the world is a 379′ tall coast redwood named Hyperion, in another California park — Redwood National and State Park, about five hours north of San Francisco.

Finally, the oldest tree in the world is a newly-discovered, yet-unnamed Great Basin bristlecone pine, which has been living in the White Mountains of — you guessed it — California for a little over 5,000 years. The second-oldest one is the same kind of tree in the same mountains: the 4,800 year old Methuselah.

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From National Geographic, via Neatorama

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