Friday, April 06, 2012

Giant Sequoia trees: The wonders of nature

Video of the Giant Sequoia: Gen. Sherman

Giant Sequoia trees are so huge even though they come from a seed the size of a grain of wheat.  

One seed has all the software and programing to grow into a 300 ft tall tree. Beat that Bill Gates.

 Some interesting facts of Giant Sequoia Trees.

  • Fastest growing trees in the world.
  • Biggest in width.

  • Bark as much as 4 feet thick, 50 feet long, branches 100 feet off the ground.

  • The trees have survived for 2,000 or 3,000 years some even longer.

  • Some of the largest trees measure 35 feet in basel diameter and up to 300 feet in height.

  • The tallest standing giant sequoia is 311 feet tall and the tallest redwood is 367 feet tall.

  • They can grow up to 1 to 2 feet tall per year until its between 200 to 300 feet high, then like people they grow out.
  • The tree grows at elevations of 6,500 feet.

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  1. I have many fond memories, LD, of motorcycling through the Sequoia forests of northern California. There are narrow, 2-lane roads that have no shoulders that pass straight through stands of these trees for miles at a stretch. On a motorcycle the experience is of not being on a road at all, just traveling through a forest of enormous trees.

  2. Mound, that sounds quite exciting. I have never been to California but I have friends who live in a suburb of San Francisco. There is an outstanding invitation from them for years now but I never got around.

    There is a plenty of wildernesses in the Maritimes, no Sequoia forests unfortunately, that I love to hike through. You have to watch out for mouse and bears. I got carried away few times and hiked up to 10-15 miles at a time – once 60km. These days a mile or two sounds good enough.