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The Past and the Future of
the Earth’s Oldest Trees

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Posted By: StormCnter, 1/17/2020 2:36:17 PM

About forty-five hundred years ago, not long after the completion of the Great Pyramid at Giza, a seed of Pinus longaeva, the Great Basin bristlecone pine, landed on a steep slope in what are now known as the White Mountains, in eastern California. The seed may have travelled there on a gust of wind, its flight aided by a winglike attachment to the nut. Or it could have been planted by a bird known as the Clark’s nutcracker, which likes to hide pine seeds in caches; nutcrackers have phenomenal spatial memory and can recall thousands of such caches. This seed, however, lay undisturbed.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: DVC 1/17/2020 2:44:43 PM (No. 291121)
New Yorker....ghack. I really don't need them to tell me how my SUV will destroy the trees. Or whatever their latest hysterical crying jag is about. "For the children" isn't working, I guess, "for the trees" is next.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: EliotRosewater49 1/17/2020 3:46:50 PM (No. 291164)
Insufferably lenghty article mostly penned to highlight the author’s literary talent at the reader’s expense. More about man’s predation of the planet than about this particular tree. The guy is a music writer for crying out loud.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Dukester 1/17/2020 4:29:48 PM (No. 291206)
Author musta been paid by the word.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: cjjeepercreeper 1/17/2020 4:35:13 PM (No. 291210)
Very old trees are cool, I've visited some of the ancients here in the SW at places such as Mt. Graham and the San Francisco peaks. But this guy's ode to the old bristlecone goes on forever and ever and ever... The first few paragraphs were interesting.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Heraclitus 1/17/2020 4:58:52 PM (No. 291224)
"Trees are prone to anthropomorphism"? He means, some silly people are prone to anthropomorphizing trees. I admit. I love my trees, I love the evergreens, I love the deciduous through all the seasons, when the foliage is new and tender and in Winter then the spiny and knotty branches are visible especially beautiful against a cerulean sky. Like my Ginkgo in the Fall, it's a double trunk, one side of which turns pure yellow earlier than the other, and once the foliage is down (it takes sometimes less than an hour!), those thickly ridged fan-shaped leaves, the tree looks as if decorated with globular ornaments: it's the fruit, and supposedly people dislike that fruit because they have a strong odor should you step on one. But some have rooted, and I have four Ginkgo saplings spawned from our double-trunked tree. I really could write more about my trees, and even about some favorite trees along life's journey. Maybe I could write 23 pages' worth! except then i'd exceed our 300-word limit! the truth is, I love trees as part of God's astounding, amazing, ever fascinating creation.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: kono 1/17/2020 5:08:45 PM (No. 291232)
Hey, Jack, run me another hundred copies of that poem about wanton destruction of trees, 'k? Make sure you get the unabridged version, too.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: HPmatt 1/17/2020 5:32:33 PM (No. 291251)
If the Dude was a CA resident, he could marry the tree.....
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Reply 8 - Posted by: Jennie C. 1/17/2020 6:53:13 PM (No. 291286)
#5, I remember walking through an absolute rain of golden Gingko leaves in the fall on my college campus and thinking it was one of the most beautiful things I'd ever seen. I have an October Glory maple in my backyard (I joke that it should be a "november" glory because it comes into color in November. But maybe I should add a gingko.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: Rumblehog 1/17/2020 8:14:26 PM (No. 291325)
And remember, they all just "evolved" to be that way. s/o
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Reply 10 - Posted by: DaddyO 1/18/2020 4:36:07 AM (No. 291448)
A Clark's nutcracker carry a Pinus longaeva seed thousands of miles? It's a simple question of weight ratios.. A five ounce bird could not carry a Pinu longaeva seed. Well, an African Clark's nutcracker, maybe.
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