How The Mighty Have Fallen.

Hi,

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This is a post which is interesting for everyone, never mind just the tree-huggers amongst us.

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In the Parks of America there are some groves of the Giant Sequoia Trees, which are giant Redwoods.

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These amazing trees measure huge circumferences around their trunk.

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In fact, as a child, I can clearly remember looking in our old encyclopedias and seeing pictures of the ‘Wowona Tunnel Tree, a Sequoia which was so huge that an arch had been cut through the trunk in 1881 to allow the passage of horse drawn carts through it, while it still continued to grow in spite of the tree surgery that had been carried out upon it.

This famous tunnel was even used by motor cars later on, but it finally fell in 1969 due to tons of snow weighing down the upper branches.

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On September 30th this year, something very rare happened which totally blocked the Trail Of Two Giants in the National Park.

There were two of the Giant Sequoia trees which were 300′ tall, with 17′ diameter trunks, and they had suddenly and unexpectedly fallen over at the same time.

They were also unusual in that they were actually joined together for about 30′ down at the bottom of their massive trunks.

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You have to remember that these are mighty trees which are quite ancient, these particular ones being believed to be between 1,500 and 2,000 years of age.

Isn’t that incredible….to have lived for so very long….and to have experienced so much.

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When the experts examined the roots etc. they found that the fallen trees were strong and healthy, but they felt that they understood the reasons for the trees suddenly toppling over and uprooting themselves.

It seemed that the effects of a wet winter, and the action of drainage channels on either side of the trees had prevented the soil from properly drying out and supporting the colossal weight.

The trees fell as a result of this.

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Once the rangers had made sure that everything was secure, and that there was no danger to the public, people were allowed to enter the park on October 22nd and look see the trees for themselves.

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I though that was very sad myself, although amazing to see such giants.
j.

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