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Stratosphere Giant

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Stratosphere Giant

Stratosphere Giant was once considered the tallest tree in the world.[1] It was discovered in July 2000 in Humboldt Redwoods State Park, measuring 112.34 metres (368.6 ft) tall.[2] The tree has continued to grow and measured 113.11 m (371.1 ft) in 2010.[3] It is a specimen of the species Sequoia sempervirens, the Coast Redwood. It is surrounded by a large number of trees of almost equal size. To avoid damage by tourism, the tree's exact location was not disclosed to the public.

On August 25, 2006, a redwood named Hyperion in the Redwood National Park was discovered by Chris Atkins and Michael Taylor, and is considered the tallest tree (and living thing), measuring 115.55 m (379.1 ft). This has been confirmed using a tape measurement. Two other trees in this forest were found to be taller than Stratosphere Giant as well.[2]

See also


  1. ^ Martin, Glen (September 6, 2006). "Eureka: New tallest living thing discovered / HYPERION: At 378.1 feet, new champion in Redwood National Park on North Coast towers 8 feet above the Stratosphere Giant". The San Francisco Chronicle. 
  2. ^ a b Preston, Richard (October 9, 2006). "Tall for its age - Climbing a record breaking redwood". The New Yorker. Retrieved March 26, 2010. 
  3. ^ Taylor, Michael (January 10, 2010). "Tallest Redwoods Update". Landmarktrees. Retrieved May 7, 2010. 

External links

  • Gymnosperm Database
  • Photo gallery with meteorology and plant physiology sensors installed
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