Wednesday, October 28, 2009

California Redwoods, The Avenue of Giants

Coast redwoods are the tallest known tree species in the world. Mature trees average 150 – 250 feet tall, and some of the tallest trees exceed 350 feet with a diameter of 12-20 feet. Areas known as alluvial flats are where many of the tallest trees grow. These low-lying river plains have soil filled with nutrients and decaying plant matter, which creates ideal conditions for growth.
These resilient trees often live several hundred years, and in some cases, more than 2,000 years. This makes them one of the oldest tree species in the world. Resistance to fire and disease make this long lifespan possible. Coast redwood bark is often over 1 foot thick on mature trees, and this creates a formidable barrier. In addition, the high tannin content is undesirable to insects while the low amounts of resin resist fire.

Look how big this tree is compared to the truck and trailer!

This tree makes us look thin again! :)

It's hard to capture how tall these trees really are, so we made this movie.

Paul and Blue say bye for now!

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