THE WORLD'S OLDEST TREE

Looking very unassuming in the Inyo National Forest in the White Mountains east of the Sierra Nevada, you will find a tree named Methuselah.  This tree is average-sized and would obviously be dwarfed by the towering and more famous sequoias, but it is over 1,500 years older than they are.  This bristlecone pine grows at an elevation of 10,000 feet in poor soil conditions and adds no more than an inch to their width every century.

Methuselah lives in what is known as "the ancient forest" among its brothers and sisters, all at least 4,000 years old, but Methuselah is an astonishing 4,800 years young which means that it started growing roughly at the same time that the Egyptian pyramids were being constructed.

As a side note, and strictly for the sake of accuracy, I should point out that what Methuselah looks like and its location is a guarded secret to protect the old tree from souvenir hunters and general idiots.  The pictures below may or may not be the actual tree, but they are the same species in the same general area.

 

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