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A 2,624-Year-Old Tree Has Just Been Found Growing in a Swamp in America
Science Alert ^ | 10 May 2019 | MICHELLE STARR

Posted on 05/10/2019 2:33:53 PM PDT by DUMBGRUNT

Along the Black River in North Carolina, bald cypress trees have been quietly growing for millennia. Quite literally so: Scientists recently found trees over 2,000 years old - including one that is at least 2,624 years old.

Another nearby tree was found to be 2,088 years old - and geoscientists believe that more bald cypresses (Taxodium distichum) in the Three Sisters Swamp could be the same age or even older.

Surprisingly, a tree named BLK227 was found to be at least 2,624 years old. That makes it a seedling or sapling in 605 BCE - a timeframe that predates the Roman Empire by centuries, and the year Nebuchadnezzar II ascended to the throne of Babylon.

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; History; Outdoors
KEYWORDS: baldcypresstrees; blackriver; c14; godsgravesglyphs; northcarolina; radiocarbondating; rcdating
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I'm from the Government, and here to help.

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-one-man-accidentally-killed-the-oldest-tree-ever-125764872/

1 posted on 05/10/2019 2:33:53 PM PDT by DUMBGRUNT
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To: DUMBGRUNT

The sentence about the Aspen trees sprouting from a root network that is 80,000 years old got my attention.


2 posted on 05/10/2019 2:41:09 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine ( "It's always a party when you're eating the seed corn.")
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What’s with Cypress trees that makes them survive this long? I thought the Cypress trees at Caddo Lake, TX (400-600 years old) was amazing... but >2,600 years old. Wow.


3 posted on 05/10/2019 2:42:53 PM PDT by Made In The USA (Next thing you know, 'ol Jed's a millionaire)
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To: DUMBGRUNT

Which senator?


4 posted on 05/10/2019 2:46:13 PM PDT by Flick Lives
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To: DUMBGRUNT

A swamp? As in THE Swamp?


5 posted on 05/10/2019 2:46:26 PM PDT by stanne
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To: DUMBGRUNT

Which Senator?


6 posted on 05/10/2019 2:48:23 PM PDT by Zathras
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To: DUMBGRUNT

These reported ages are very suspect. There is no way they can accurately determine the age of trees by an increment core. Many times a tree may put on two or three increments in one year caused by drastic weather changes. A small portion of the trunk will put on extra “ half” years, only half way around the trunk because a stress exerted on the tree. Without seeing the full disc at multiple heights can a reasonable age be determined. A conservatory would be more incline to give a high age to claim a need to preserve the area.


7 posted on 05/10/2019 2:48:35 PM PDT by jimfr
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“A 2,624-Year-Old Tree Has Just Been Found Growing in a Swamp in America”

Species Bernisanderous.


8 posted on 05/10/2019 2:48:40 PM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists call 'em what you will they all have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: Flick Lives

Dang, beat me by 2 min


9 posted on 05/10/2019 2:48:58 PM PDT by Zathras
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To: stanne

A swamp is a wetland that is forested. Many swamps occur
along large rivers where they are critically dependent upon
natural water level fluctuations. Other swamps occur on the
shores of large lakes.

Just think of this tree in relation to when Columbus sailed
the ocean 1492.


10 posted on 05/10/2019 2:49:10 PM PDT by deport
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To: DUMBGRUNT

When I was a kid, it was common to see lamps made from cypress knees. Haven’t seen one in a long time.


11 posted on 05/10/2019 2:57:33 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: Flick Lives

Which senator?

Preserved in alcohol, is not exactly the same as being alive?


12 posted on 05/10/2019 3:06:53 PM PDT by DUMBGRUNT ("The enemy has overrun us. We are blowing up everything. Vive la France!")
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To: jimfr

I think you’re right and frankly my dear....


13 posted on 05/10/2019 3:07:01 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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The University of Arizona’s Laboratory of Tree Ring Research explains:

Ring-counting does not ensure the accurate dating of each individual ring. Numerous studies illustrate how ring-counting leads to incorrect conclusions drawn from inaccurate dating. Dendrochronologists demand the assignment of a single calendar year to a single ring. Various techniques are used to crossdate wood samples to assure accurate dating.

Or you can saw it off as happened with the unfortunate bristlecone pine?


14 posted on 05/10/2019 3:11:34 PM PDT by DUMBGRUNT ("The enemy has overrun us. We are blowing up everything. Vive la France!")
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How long before the tree-huggers proclaim their undying love for the Mother Gaia of all trees...


15 posted on 05/10/2019 3:13:44 PM PDT by moovova
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Only $2750.00 for a pair!!!

https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/lighting/table-lamps/pair-of-sculptural-cypress-root-knees-table-lamps/id-f_1615282/?gclid=CjwKCAjwwtTmBRBqEiwA-b6c_6ZsgDdbV8-sQ5YreC_xtjy8AsFszlDCIwN4Z0TYCHXxmKAHADn42RoCBX4QAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds


16 posted on 05/10/2019 3:14:39 PM PDT by DUMBGRUNT ("The enemy has overrun us. We are blowing up everything. Vive la France!")
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To: DUMBGRUNT

Hmmmm. I could use a new cigar box.


17 posted on 05/10/2019 3:14:53 PM PDT by fruser1
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To: DUMBGRUNT

I think back in the 50s, people used cypress knees because they could not afford more expensive ones.


18 posted on 05/10/2019 3:17:15 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: DUMBGRUNT

When we finally get the SWAMP drained, we better go on a major uprooting operation

THEN nuke it from space...just to be sure


19 posted on 05/10/2019 3:20:38 PM PDT by Oscar in Batangas (12:01 PM 1/20/2017...The end of an error.)
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"My weary limbs, as old as I
still reach gamely, towards the sky!"

20 posted on 05/10/2019 3:22:19 PM PDT by Songcraft
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