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.