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Tallest Giant Sequoia in Converse Basin

WorldBlue  In short

Giant sequoias (Sequoiadendron giganteum) by far are the largest trees of the world by wood volume. These trees are very tall and the tallest known specimen grows in the Giant Sequoia National Monument. It is 95.8 m tall.

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GPS coordinates
36.8219 N 118.9457 W (approximate location)
Location, address
North America, United States, California, Fresno County, Converse Basin grove of giant sequoias. Exact location not given.
Species
Giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum (Lindl.) J.Buchh.)
Height
95.8 m
Diameter
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WorldYellow In detail

Grove of giant sequoias in Converse Basin Giant belongs to the Giant Sequoia National Monument. Most of the giant sequoias were cut here one century ago but some 60 – 100 large trees remain but most of the trees are young sequoias. The most prominent sequoia here is the giant Boole Tree.

The newly discovered tallest sequoia was was reported by the well-known local researcher Michael Taylor in 2013. The height measurement of this tree was made with a laser rangefinder. Thus it surpassed the tallest known sequoia – the 94.9 m tall Tallest Giant Sequoia in Redwood Mountain Grove (also unofficial name).

Sequoia has not received any specific name and its exact location is not given in the available works.

There have been reports about higher – up to 97.8 m tall sequoias and even (wrong) assumptions that Sequoiadendron giganteum 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).

References

  1. Monumental Trees, Giant sequoia in the Giant Sequoia National Monument, accessed on the 23nd December 2016.

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