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The tallest tree in the world is redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens), which towers above the ground in California. Hyperion is the name of a coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) in California that was measured at 115.92 m (380.3 ft), which is considered as the world’s tallest known living tree.
To imagine how tall the tree is, let’s compare it to Statue of Liberty; the height of statue from ground level to torch is 93 meters.
Hyperion was discovered August 25, 2006, by naturalists Chris Atkins and Michael Taylor. The tree was proved as standing 115.55 m (379.1 ft) tall by Stephen Sillett.
The location of the tallest tree is kept secret to prevent visitors and protect the tree from damage. In February 2012, Hyperion was featured in the BBC Radio 4 documentary James and the Giant Redwoods by James Aldred.
According to Wikipedia “The tree was verified as standing 115.55 m (379.1 ft) tall by Stephen Sillett. The tree was found in a remote area of Redwood National and State Parks purchased in 1978. It is estimated to contain 530 m3 (18,600 cu ft) of wood. The Park also houses the second tallest tree Helios, and the third tallest Icarus. Sillett estimates Hyperion to be 600 years old while others report it to be roughly 700–800 years old.”.
“A wind had begun to blow, and the top of Hyperion swayed back and forth,” wrote Richard Preston. “The branches here were spindly, and were encrusted with many kinds of lichen.”
Source: Text; Wikipedia, www.livescience.com
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