20 Sep '12, 1pm

Nature Blows My Mind! Utah Aspen Grove Is 80,000 Years Old

Nature Blows My Mind! Utah Aspen Grove Is 80,000 Years Old

In the Fishlake National Forest in Utah (pictured above) there is a colony of quaking aspen that is an estimated 80,000 years old, though no individual tree currently alive is anywhere near that age. Even the oldest non-clonal trees in the world, at some 4000+ years of age, don't approach the age of the root system of this organism, known as Pando , or the Trembling Giant. On the western edge of the Colorado Plateau a single root system has been metabolically alive for 80,000 years. Or maybe more: There's some debate on the age, with that figure being a conservative estimate. Taken as a whole, all the individual trunks, branches and leaves weigh in at an estimated 6,600 short tons: The heaviest known organism on the planet. And it's a tree, or, rather, trees, operating on an entirely different time scale that most other plants and certainly any animal, covering 106 acres. ...

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