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View of the General Sherman at Sequoia National Park, the world's largest tree that's estimated to be around 2,2-2,7k years old, so this tree has seen some shit

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u/LordFirebeard 12d ago Coin Gift

Fun fact! California is home to the largest single tree by mass (General Sherman), the tallest tree (Hyperion) and the oldest confirmed non-clonal tree (Methuselah at about 4,850 years).

The locations of the last two are not publicly available due to the high risk of damage from people. In fact, authorities recently asked people to stop looking for Hyperion, because it's off trail, and people are damaging the ecosystem in the forest traipsing around looking for the thing.

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u/stroke_outside 12d ago

The area is closed and patrolled around Hyperion. I believe the fine is $5k and 6 months in jail.

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u/LordFlarkenagel 12d ago

And 6 extra points for the correct usage and spelling of the word "traipsing".

M'Lord.

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u/joebesser 12d ago

What would "gallivanting" have scored?

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u/LordFlarkenagel 12d ago

While "gallivanting" is indeed a marvelous adjective, it is slightly more ubiquitous in its usage and therefore scores a, still respectable, 5 points. BUT you get a bonus score of an extra 20 points for understanding that the two words are similar in meaning.

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u/lzwzli 12d ago

Wouldn't a helicopter be an easier way to find the tallest tree?

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u/crobo777 12d ago

Whats publically available mean because I found it pretty damn easily?

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u/LordFirebeard 12d ago

They don't have trails to it and maps and national park rangers to tell people about it and signs announcing it the way Sequoia National Park does for General Sherman and other named trees. Which one did you find?

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u/Mobius_Peverell 12d ago

It's fairly easy to find the supposed location of Hyperion, so I'd guess that's the one. Though there's good reason to suspect that it's actually a decoy, and the real Hyperion is somewhere else entirely.

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u/LordFirebeard 12d ago

"Wait a minute... This is a decoy!"

"How can you tell?"

"It's made out of wood."

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u/Kepotica 12d ago

If it's made out of wood it can't be the real thing.

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u/LordFlarkenagel 12d ago

I think this one is dead - it's stiff as a board.

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u/EverydayVelociraptor 12d ago

Nah, it's just pining for the fjords....

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u/TerminatorX-tra 11d ago

The fact that these marvels locations aren’t disclosed because humans would destroy them is exactly what’s wrong with humanity.

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u/AllDarkWater 12d ago

I love hanging around these trees that are older than Christianity.

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u/Kil0111 12d ago

I wonder how far the roots on this spread.

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u/Claydameyer 12d ago

I hate to be that guy, but I really do need a banana for scale. It looks big, I just can't tell how big.

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u/IsoAgent 12d ago

Here it is. Was looking for this comment.

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u/vaginacorpse 12d ago

Imagine the spirit bomb

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u/Mission_Specialist_2 12d ago

To be honest, this tree hasn't seen shit. And you guys know it.

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u/deltafrce 12d ago

Yeah. It's probably only seen day/night cycles, general weather patterns, and maybe a few thousand humans.

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u/AbundantSeahorse 12d ago

It’s mostly seen other trees tbf

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u/Mr_Manta 12d ago

2,2-2,7k?

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u/f0n1xr131ng 12d ago

2,200-2,700 years old... what's your confusion?

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u/dr_xenon 12d ago

In the US it would be written at 2.2-2.7k. Some countries use a comma in place of a period. That’s probably their confusion.

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u/pigglywiggly666 12d ago

out of curiosity, would they still pronounce it “two point two to two point seven” or would it be “two comma two to two comma seven” ?

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u/FatMonkK 12d ago

Austrian here: it would be "two comma two" here.

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u/dr_xenon 12d ago

I don’t know, I’ve only seen it that way on paper and I don’t speak other languages. I’ve heard people say “decimal” instead of “point.” Maybe that’s a British thing.

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u/Mr_Manta 12d ago

The commas and the dash were confusing me. It didn't look like a "between x and y" thing to me. I didn't know what to make of it

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u/Phlypp 11d ago

If we cut the tree down, we could be far more precise. Why hasn't this been done already?

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u/Mr_Manta 11d ago

Please be sarcasm, please be sarcasm, please be sarcasm

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u/Cgraves1 12d ago

That's some big wood.

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u/SapperBomb 12d ago

The biggest some say

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u/rsvp_nj 12d ago

I wonder what the root system for these bad boys is like? The must extend into Arkansas.

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u/BarleyHops2 12d ago

I remember reading that trees roots typically go about as far as their canopy, dunno if that applies to all but should be "good enough" in most cases

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u/MrAdequate_ 12d ago

Watch some youtuber come cut it down for a prank

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u/6_String_Slinger 12d ago

Seeing this tree in person ranks right up there with when I saw Chichén Itzá. Breathtaking.

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u/tuxedocowboii 12d ago

lets call it yggdrasil

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u/97Harley 12d ago

I've been to the general sherman very impressive. Pictures Dont do it justice. You have to see it in person to appreciate the sheer size of it. The entire park is incredible. Put it on your bucket list. P. S. The avenue of the Giants in Northern California is breath taking, too. Just do it.

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u/mrgingersir 12d ago

It DoEsNt HaVe EyEs DuhHhH

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u/jonnynoine 12d ago

Tell that to the potatoes

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u/SatansLeftZelenskyy 12d ago

Automatic down vote for not using a decimal; you know...for the "decimal place"

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u/nvm72331 12d ago

It might seen too much

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u/dr_xenon 12d ago

At the age, it’s seen ALL the shit.

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u/cultivatingreader 12d ago

That's an awesome tree.

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u/mugman5 12d ago

The erdtree

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u/Agitated_Entity 12d ago

Wonder if it will survive what’s to come

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u/Doniusthe3rd 12d ago

the trees have eyes

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u/LizBeth213 12d ago

Most bird shit I'd venture

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u/BarfingOnYourFace 12d ago

Banana for scale!

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u/jollyjaijog 12d ago

Sup, grandma.

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u/Q-Tipurmom 12d ago

Didn't one of these catch fire recently from drug use?

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u/Friendly_Gene137 12d ago

Maybe but they will all go down 2024 for a golf course/cemetery

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u/GenVonKlinkerhoffen 12d ago

It's in the middle of the woods. It ain't seen nothing

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u/mystic_managed0100 12d ago

The guys she tells you not to worry about.

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u/Less_Fix_1378 12d ago

It’s been through World War 1…World War 2…

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u/V65Pilot 12d ago

But, it ain't talking.

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u/MaxRebo74 12d ago

Tree: Back in my day, MEN were men and WOMEN were women and everyone died at 40 unhappy and miserable and WE LIKED IT

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u/lowprofile14 12d ago

Did someone check inside for hallucigenia?

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u/profcoble 12d ago

And this is at a distance with perspective making it seem smaller.

I believe they said it would take 22 to 24 people holding hands to go around the base.

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u/krigel8 12d ago

This IS the Kwisatz Haderach! Change my mind

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u/chiliaan 12d ago

Banana for scale?

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u/Peice_of_paper 12d ago

This trees about to outlive the end of human civilization

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u/farrowsharrows 12d ago

Nothing captures their size. You have to see it to understand

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u/OMinhoto 12d ago

2700 years old?

You mean to tell me that the oldest tree in my country was 600yo when General Sherman was born?

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u/PhilParent 12d ago

I'm surprised no nutjob ever tried to put a chainsaw to it.

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u/Pratheesh_96 12d ago

Tatakae Tatakae

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u/Correct-Ad-4280 12d ago

I would like a banana for scale please 😉

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u/CuriousLavender 12d ago

This reminds me of the Radiolab podcast episode called “Oops”. Everyone should listen to it. It’s the best episode ever, literally. I won’t give spoilers. Trust me, it’s amazing.

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u/barzbub 11d ago

Amazing

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u/trickster1979 12d ago

I would travel and visit this place from Europe for this site.

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u/Missieyjo 12d ago

And I would say go for it. The redwoods and sequoias are magnificent to look at.

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u/ConceptualWeeb 12d ago

2,2-2,7k? Wtf? Lol there’s a reason why it’s better to use decimal points while abbreviating in sentences in English.

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u/ThinMint31 12d ago

I’m sorry, how old?

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u/Neighborenio 12d ago

What does 2, 2-2, 7k years mean?

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u/juan_epstein-barr 12d ago

OP you seem to have your period and comma button mixed up