Sunny Sunday

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Trees are some of the longest-lived organisms on the planet. At least 50 trees have been around for more than a millenium, but there may be countless other ancient trees that haven’t been discovered yet.

Trees can live such a long time for several reasons. One secret to their longevity is their compartmentalized vascular system, which allows parts of the tree to die while other portions thrive. Many create defensive compounds to fight off deadly bacteria or parasites.

And some of the oldest trees on earth, the great bristlecone pines, don’t seem to age like we do. At 3,000-plus years, these trees continue to grow just as vigorously as their 100-year-old counterparts. Unlike animals, these pines don’t rack up genetic mutations in their cells as the years go by.

Some trees defy time by sending out clones, or genetically identical shoots, so that one trunk’s demise doesn’t spell the end for the organism. The giant colonies can have thousands of individual trunks, but share the same network of roots.

This gallery contains images of some of the oldest, most venerable and impressive trees on earth.

@ WIRED

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24 Responses to Sunny Sunday

  1. David B. Benson says:

    Sunny here.

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  2. Den says:

    Yet another Sunny Sunday, mid 90’s later on, full bake mode applied.

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  3. David B. Benson says:

    Flakey Firefox.

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  4. º¿carol says:

    The trees were very interesting. I posted that on my FB page. The magic button one, too.

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  5. º¿carol says:

    Weather is the same today, in the 40s and breezy. I need to mow. First nice day and I’m on it. the tractor has a full tank and is ready.

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  6. º¿carol says:

    Oh, good, a Typhoon is heading to Japan.

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  7. Den says:

    I have been watching baseball games on the TeeVee, last night Giants game went an outrageous 18 innings to a 2-1 win over the Nationals, wow 4 hours, the equivalent of two consecutive games.
    Now the Tigers are facing the Orioles who are ahead 2-0 in the 8th, another low score pitching fest.

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  8. Den says:

    If you guys ever get bored with the ordinary, head over HERE for the extraordinary.

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  9. Den says:

    Just saw a commercial that caught my attention, Ford boasting it’s towing capacity of it’s big DIESEL pickup at 16 tons, showing a large Backhoe tractor on a trailer being pulled by the Ford at a fast rate of speed causing me to wonder what it would be like to be looking in my rear view mirror only to see one of those careening into my trunk with no ability to stop the inertia it generated with those BIG DIESEL horses putting it and a backhoe in my future, if it still exists.

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  10. David B. Benson says:

    Sunset was golden, shading to a halo of white surrounded by blue.

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  11. Den says:

    Another Sunday near gone,
    A Monday nearer on, where love is forbidden and anger runs strong.

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  12. Den says:

    OK, so that might need a bit of adjustment….

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  13. Den says:

    Another Monday burst forth to the World of time only to bring dismay and anger to those dedicated to participate in it’s maniacal bounty.

    How’s that one?

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  14. Den says:

    OK I quit, time to hang up the “Don’t Give-A-Shit” sign and go count some sheep. 🙂

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