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Tallest Giant Sequoia

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Coordinates: 36.7003 N 118.9146 W (possible mistake by 4 km)
No:174        (list of all attractions)
Address:North America, United States, California, Tulare County, Redwood Mountain Grove. Exact location not given.
Species:Giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum (Lindl.) J.Buchh.
Height:94.9 m
Diameter:4.87 m

Giant sequoias by far are the largest trees of the world by wood volume. But they belong also to the highest trees of the world - there is known 94.9 m tall specimen.

Redwood Mountain Grove is the largest stand of this tree, its area is 1,240 ha. It is assessed that here grow some 15,800 sequoias. Most prominent sequoias have their own names and in Redwood Mountain Grove are located two such named trees which belong to 25 largest trees by volume in the world - The Hart Tree and Roosevelt Tree.

Here is located the tallest known sequoia - it was discovered in July 1998 and measured in August 1998 by Michael Taylor, the height then was 94.9 m. In July 2005 there was done repeated measurement by redwood researcher Steve Sillett - result was exactly the same.

The main trunk of this tree was killed by a fire at the height of 74.4 m and there grew new trunks, reaching current record height.

This tree has not received any specific name and it's exact location is not given in the available works. Close to it grow several slightly lower sequoias.

There have been reports about higher - up to 97.8 m tall sequoias and even (wrong) assumptions that these trees could reach 133 m height ("Father of the Forest" in Calaveras Grove mentioned by James M.Hutchings, Scenes of Wonder and Curiosity in California in 1862).





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