Monday, 6 June 2022

Yesterday We Made A Post,

about the world's biggest plant,

today a post about the world's oldest tree, photograph Yiyo Zamorano/Wikimedia CommonsDr Jonathan Barichivich, a Chilean scientist at the Climate and Environmental Sciences Laboratory in Paris, recently released a study that suggests that Great Grandfather is the world’s oldest living tree, He used a combination of computer models and traditional methods to calculate the tree’s age, and found that it is nearly 5,500-years-old, the ancient Patagonian cypress known as ‘Gran Abuelo’ (Great Grandfather) could be over 5,000 years old, which would make it the world’s oldest living tree, the Patagonian cypress (Fitzroya cupressoides), known in South America as ‘alerce’, is a conifer native to Chile and Argentina. They belong to the same family as giant sequoias and redwoods, and can reach heights of up to 45 meters (150ft),

photograph Feile Case“My method is verified by studying other trees that you can obtain the full growth rings of, and it follows a biological law of growth-longevity trade-offs,” Dr Jonathan Barichivich told Newsweek. “The alerce is where it should be on the exponential growth curve: it grows slower than the bristlecone pine, the oldest known tree, which indicates it should live longer, this method tells us that 80% of all possible growth trajectories give us an age of this living tree greater than 5,000 years,” Barichivich added. “There is only a 20% chance that the tree is younger.”

although dendrochronologists are likely to be skeptical of Barichivich’s claim without a full growth ring count, some experts have already backed his method. Harald Bugmann, a dendrochronologist at ETH Zürich, told Science Magazine that Barichivich’s approach sounds “very smart’ and that he “fully trusts the analysis that Jonathan has made”, if Jonathan Barichivich’s analysis is proven correct, Grand Grandfather would outstrip Methuselah, a 4,853-year-old bristlecone pine in California, of the title of ‘world’s oldest living tree’, it is already considered very vulnerable, as only 28% of it is still actually alive, as an aside I googled 'World's Oldest Tree' and found this, I wonder if anyone will find an older tree out there?

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