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Mon Oct 15, 2012, 06:54 PM

The oldest tree in the world..


"Methuselah" was 4,789 years old when sampled (likely in 1957) by Edmund Schulman and Tom Harlan, with an estimated germination date of 2832 BC. Methuselah is the oldest known living tree and non-clonal organism in the world probably 48444845 years old as of 2012.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Methuselah_%28tree%29


wow..and I thought Redwoods were old..

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Reply The oldest tree in the world.. (Original post)
AsahinaKimi Oct 2012 OP
Fridays Child Oct 2012 #1
byeya Oct 2012 #2
HopeHoops Oct 2012 #3
AsahinaKimi Oct 2012 #4
HopeHoops Oct 2012 #5
AsahinaKimi Oct 2012 #6
Tsiyu Oct 2012 #8
AsahinaKimi Oct 2012 #11
Tsiyu Oct 2012 #16
Bucky Oct 2012 #7
whistler162 Oct 2012 #9
AsahinaKimi Oct 2012 #10
arcane1 Oct 2012 #12
rachel1 Oct 2012 #13
ashling Oct 2012 #17
begin_within Oct 2012 #22
MiddleFingerMom Oct 2012 #14
AsahinaKimi Oct 2012 #15
Kennah Oct 2012 #18
sakabatou Oct 2012 #20
sakabatou Oct 2012 #19
begin_within Oct 2012 #21
Kennah Oct 2012 #26
ellisonz Oct 2012 #23
AsahinaKimi Oct 2012 #24
BlancheSplanchnik Oct 2012 #25

Response to AsahinaKimi (Original post)

Mon Oct 15, 2012, 07:02 PM

1. Amazing! n/t

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Response to AsahinaKimi (Original post)

Mon Oct 15, 2012, 07:11 PM

2. In the White Mountains of California, in the Great Basin.

 

In the Bistlecone Pine forest near the trail up to White Mtn Peak, over 14,000' the peak is, the oldest trees live on the north facing slopes where conditions are harsher than the south facing slopes. Apparently, insects and fungi can infect the trees on the south sides and they don't live much more than 2500 years but the slower growing trees on the north sides can live longer.
You can also see Bristlecone pines in Great Basin National Park in Nevada and Cedar Breaks National Monument in Utah where a few grow at elevations over 10,000'

Thanks for the beautiful photo!

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Response to AsahinaKimi (Original post)

Mon Oct 15, 2012, 07:15 PM

3. Well, that would be in the time of Noah (6,000 year crowd) so he probably used it for the ark.

 

Poor tree.

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Response to HopeHoops (Reply #3)

Mon Oct 15, 2012, 07:20 PM

4. They said the tree is still alive ..

AMAZING and in California too!

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Response to AsahinaKimi (Reply #4)

Mon Oct 15, 2012, 07:23 PM

5. The tree's probably stoned.

 

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Response to HopeHoops (Reply #5)

Mon Oct 15, 2012, 07:26 PM

6. ...


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Response to AsahinaKimi (Reply #6)

Mon Oct 15, 2012, 07:41 PM

8. Stoned or no the tree is awesome

looks like it's somewhere in the Mideast rather than CA

Powerful tree - oh what it has seen

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Response to Tsiyu (Reply #8)

Mon Oct 15, 2012, 07:44 PM

11. Here's another shot..

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Response to AsahinaKimi (Reply #11)

Tue Oct 16, 2012, 02:10 AM

16. Wild and stunning

thanks for posting



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Response to AsahinaKimi (Original post)

Mon Oct 15, 2012, 07:38 PM

7. And Romney wants to cut off its Medicare

just on principle alone.

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Response to Bucky (Reply #7)

Mon Oct 15, 2012, 07:41 PM

9. Nah... he just wants some toothpicks!

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Response to Bucky (Reply #7)

Mon Oct 15, 2012, 07:41 PM

10. If he knew about this tree...

Within a week, there would be a new wooden table in the den...

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Response to AsahinaKimi (Original post)

Mon Oct 15, 2012, 07:51 PM

12. Wow, that's incredible!

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Response to AsahinaKimi (Original post)

Mon Oct 15, 2012, 08:03 PM

13. Incredible. I hope it's protected so that

no morons will vandalize or destroy it for whatever stupid reason(s) like that meth-addicted loser in Florida who burned down the fifth-oldest cypress tree in the world a few months ago.

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Response to rachel1 (Reply #13)

Tue Oct 16, 2012, 02:20 AM

17. Or the fool that poisoned

the Treaty Oak in Austin, TX

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Response to rachel1 (Reply #13)

Tue Oct 16, 2012, 05:36 AM

22. You can walk the Methuselah trail, and walk right past it,

without knowing for sure which tree it is, as it is not identified.

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Response to AsahinaKimi (Original post)

Mon Oct 15, 2012, 08:06 PM

14. That tree looks like I feel today!!!

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Response to MiddleFingerMom (Reply #14)

Mon Oct 15, 2012, 08:14 PM

15. would love to see

Your hair look like this:

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Response to AsahinaKimi (Original post)

Tue Oct 16, 2012, 02:46 AM

18. Forest Service appears to be very secretive about it's actual location

There was another older tree, Prometheus, that was cut down in the 1960s.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prometheus_%28tree%29

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Response to Kennah (Reply #18)

Tue Oct 16, 2012, 03:04 AM

20. Very unfortunate

A better method would've been taking a core sample like they do today.

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Response to AsahinaKimi (Original post)

Tue Oct 16, 2012, 03:03 AM

19. If you want to know about redwoods...

The oldest, possibly, is "CBR26." It has no nice name.

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Response to AsahinaKimi (Original post)

Tue Oct 16, 2012, 05:33 AM

21. And the oldest living thing in the world is currently believed to be

the Jurupa Oak, a nondescript group of bushes on a dry, sunny hillside in Riverside, Calfiornia:



However the Jurupa Oak reproduces by cloning itself, so the Bristlecone Pines are the oldest non-clonal trees.
The Jurupa Oak is believed to be about 13,000 years old, making it the oldest known living thing on Earth.
Interestingly, the world's tallest, largest (by volume) and oldest trees are all in California.
The tallest is a coast redwood in Redwood National Park, the largest is a giant sequoia in Sequoia National Park.
Even more remarkable about the Bristlecone Pines is their habitat - a dry, rocky, cold, windswept,
high-elevation (about 10,000 feet) seemingly inhospitable environment - yet they hang on forever.

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Response to begin_within (Reply #21)

Wed Oct 17, 2012, 12:26 AM

26. A Quaking Aspen clone called "Pando" is 80,000 years old!

It's in the Fishlake National Forest north of Bryce Canyon National Park.

http://www.nps.gov/brca/naturescience/quakingaspen.htm

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Response to AsahinaKimi (Original post)

Tue Oct 16, 2012, 04:39 PM

23. Is that Biblically possible?

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Response to ellisonz (Reply #23)

Tue Oct 16, 2012, 05:54 PM

24. so far, and I guess they have searched..

the surface of the tree, and no one has carved "Noah was here.."

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Response to AsahinaKimi (Original post)

Tue Oct 16, 2012, 06:53 PM

25. Wow, that absolutely gave me chills!

brrrr! Amazing!

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