In Greek Mythology, Hyperion was one of the twelve Titans, the sons and daughters of Gaia and Uranus. What better name to give to a gigantic tree than the name of a Titan? Almost seven years ago, when it was discovered, the Hyperion tree was catalogued as the tallest tree in the world. Its title remains unchallenged.
The Hyperion tree’s height was estimated at 379.3 feet which means it is taller than the Statue of Liberty. The tree, a coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens ) was discovered on the 25th of August 2006 in the Redwood National Park in California. Naturalists Chris Atkins and Michael Taylor were the ones who came across the tree. Before finding the Hyperion, Atkins and Taylor had discovered two other trees whose height beat that of the previous holder of the “tallest tree” title, the Stratosphere Giant ( 369 feet ). Icarus was measured at 371.2 feet and Helios at 376.3 feet.
The exact location of the tree remains unknown. Scientists fear that should the location of the Hyperion tree be disclosed, the human traffic would upset or even damage the ecosystem. Humboldt State University ecologist Steve Sillett even mentioned his concern that people would try to climb the Hyperion or even carve souvenirs out of it.
However, scientists have revealed that the Hyperion tree is about 700-800 years old and contains about 18,600 cubic feet of wood.
Isn’t it a truly spectacular tree?
(Image Source: Daily Mail )
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