(photo courtesy of National Park Service)
Somehow I missed this story - I'm a week late!! - but researchers have confirmed that a redwood named Hyperion in a remote Northern California forest is the world’s tallest tree. It's the world's tallest living organism.
And estimating 10-12 feet per floor, it's, what, twice as high as any building in downtown Colorado Springs?
That's a BIG tree.
Steve Sillett, a forestry professor at Humboldt State University, recently climbed Hyperion and measured it at 379.1 feet, one foot taller than previously thought, reports the AP.
Hyperion, which grows in Redwood National Park, edged aside the previous record holder, a 370.5-foot redwood called Stratosphere Giant in nearby Humboldt State Park.
If it weren’t for damage caused by woodpeckers at its top, Hyperion could have reached 380 feet, researchers said.
Officials would not pinpoint the exact location of Hyperion because they are worried that too many visitors could damage the tree’s delicate ecosystem. Much like our old bristlecone near Pikes Peak, sometimes the best things are left known but unvisited.