31 Aug '17, 4pm

An ancient tree that stared down Hurricane Harvey has become an unlikely hero | MNN - Mother Nature Network

While much of Texas reels from the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, one very old resident remains unbowed. In fact, while younger, lesser trees in Goose Island State Park were left shattered in the storm's wake, a mighty oak, — affectionately dubbed "the Big Tree" by locals — remains unbroken. Earlier this week, Texas Parks and Wildlife posted a telling photo to its Facebook page . The scene — mulched, broken branches scattered everywhere — suggests a postcard from some arboreal apocalypse. And on the back of that postcard? Harvey was here. But one tree stood tall in the face of Harvey's wrath. One Big Tree. Hurricane Harvey left trees at Goose Island State Park broken — with one notable exception. (Photo: Texas Parks and Wildlife) In fact, the oak — considered the second oldest of its kind in America — not only stared down a hurricane, but emerged seemingly unscathed. "You ...

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