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HokieMojo

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1443 days ago

for those of you interested in trees as well as lumber , here is a list i enjoyed.

http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/wilderness-resources/photos/the-worlds-10-oldest-living-trees/taking-the-long-view


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#1 posted 1443 days ago

I guess I was mistaken, or I missed it, I thought the ginko tree was among those of extremely long life.

We have a small specimen at our place, but I don’t expect to be harvesting it in my lifetime…

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#2 posted 1442 days ago

I would like to see each of those trees in person, and marvel…

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#3 posted 1442 days ago

I’ve seen one of these in person, the General Sherman. The picture is deceptive, because it’s surrounded by equally large trees; the lowest branches are some 200 feet above the ground.

-- "Sorry I'm late. Somebody tampered with my brakes." "You should have been early, then."

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Alexander

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#4 posted 1442 days ago

Thanks for the posting. Very nice pictures and information.

-- John at Sugarloft Mountain........Don't argue with an idiot; people watching may not be able to tell the difference.

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Gary Fixler

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#5 posted 1442 days ago

> for those of you interested in trees as well as lumber…

Hey, that’s me! Thanks for the list, Hokie. Those are incredible! I kinda want to go around and see all of these old beasts one day, thought it would be a very expensive, and perhaps dangerous trip!

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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Kathy

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#6 posted 1440 days ago

That was fun!! I have also seen General Sherman and it is unbelievable how big those trees are!!

-- curious woodworker

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poopiekat

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#7 posted 1440 days ago

I just watched ”Avatar”...and wondered how many board-feet were in that huge tree…..

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#8 posted 1439 days ago

Wow, what incredible trees. I’ve always been curious very very old specimens on earth both living and non-living. Thank you so much for sharing.

-- Greg P, Washington State, http://heirloomfurniture.weebly.com/

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glassyeyes

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#9 posted 1436 days ago

I got to walk around the General Sherman when I was 13 (yes, a LONG time ago!). The trees were so stupendous I was completely blown away. Compared to the General Sherman, all we have on the East Coast are bushes.

jusfine, I was under the vague impression that the ginko species is one of the oldest species; I’m not sure how long the individual trees live.

-- Now, where did I put those bandaids?

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Gary Fixler

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#10 posted 1435 days ago

glassyeyes – ginkgo is definitely ancient. It’s a “living fossil.” In fact, not only is it the only plant remaining in its genus (used to be many more), it’s also the only extant seed plant with dichotomous venation of its leaves!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ginkgo_biloba#Palaeontology
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ginkgo_biloba#Leaves

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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spclPatrolGroup

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#11 posted 1435 days ago

I thikn we should combine this thread with the “Are We/You being responsible?” thread, eventually I bet someone proposes to cut these guys down :)

-- Dave, Fargo ND "Bad spellers of the world, UNTIE!!"

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