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The World’s Oldest Forest

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.


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.


Posted by on March 19, 2010 in Sacred Places