Great American Scenery V

Ok, ok, enough already. Just one more for a while but necessary. These are pictures of General Sherman, the largest tree in the world and the oldest living thing on earth. It is located in the Sequoia National Forest in California. It is 275 ft. (83.8 meters) tall, and the diameter at the base is 36.5ft (11.1 meters). This is a giant sequoia tree that has been alive since roughly 1200 years before the birth of Christ. The 2nd and 3rd largest trees in the world are also sequoias and are in this same park. The trees survive because their high tanic acid content is distasteful to the normal tree insects. Sequoia trees are not redwoods but are closely related. While redwoods grow taller (the tallest is 362 ft. and, yup, its in California too) measurements for largest tree include total volume and massiveness.

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2 Comments on “Great American Scenery V”

  1. Mickell Says:

    Is this the same as the redwood forest where George Lucas filmed Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi? They used this forest as the backdrop of the forest moon of Endor where they had the visually stunning speeder bike chases.

  2. expatbrian Says:

    There are two in California, Sequoia National Forest and Redwoods National Park. I don’t know which was used for the film. Probably find out online though.

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