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The World’s Oldest Forest

19 Mar

In White Mountains of California, just north of Death Valley, there is an amazing and wondrous place: The Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest. This ancient forest is home to trees that are as old as 4,700 years old – which scientists have measured by counting the tree rings on dead specimens. They live at the very edge of the treeline at high-alttitues (up to 11,000 feet above sea level). These trees were “born” before many of the ancient saints and sages in world history, and they still keep growing – with their roots deep in the earth and their leaves reaching up to soak in the sunlight.

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For a long time Bristolecone pines were thought to be the oldest on earth, but now researchers in Sweden claim to have found a spruce tree that is almost 10,000 years old. Being on top of a mountain makes me feel physically small and insignificant. Reading about these ancient trees that have lived through all of recorded history, makes me feel rather young and inexperienced.

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Posted by on March 19, 2010 in Sacred Places

 

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2 responses to “The World’s Oldest Forest

  1. lyva79

    March 19, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    look nice but a little bit scary……………..i don’t know why

     
  2. holly

    February 22, 2011 at 3:13 am

    so cool wind as i look at this. wish to see more pictures like this, with more engergy.
    thank u!

     

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