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Nature Blows My Mind! This 80,000-Year-Old Aspen Grove Clones Itself

Nature Blows My Mind! This 80,000-Year-Old Aspen Grove Clones Itself | Permaculture & Food Forests | Scoop.it
Not only is this organism one of the oldest on Earth, it is also a contender for other extreme titles. (Nature Blows My Mind!

The grove is called Pando, which is Latin for "I spread" -- and spread it does. The grove is actually a single clonal colony of a male Quaking Aspen. Simply put, it is essentially one massive root system that began life an estimated 80,000 years ago. The root system currently has somewhere around 47,000 stems that create the grove of trees that keep the root system going.

Pando is not only considered the oldest living organism but also possibly the heaviest. The colony has spread over about 106 acres and experts think in all it weighs about 6,600 short tons. However, some experts think that chunks of the root system have died off leaving parts of the colony separated, making it effectively more than one organism. And other less-studied clonal colonies of aspen may be contenders for the title of heaviest.


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Philip Verghese 'Ariel's comment, January 26, 2013 3:36 AM
Amazing Indeed!!! Thanks for sharing. I am re-scooping it in my page
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Amazing Indeed!!!

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Not only is this organism one of the oldest on Earth, it is also a contender for other extreme titles. (Nature Blows My Mind!

The grove is called Pando, which is Latin for "I spread" -- and spread it does. The grove is actually a single clonal colony of a male Quaking Aspen. Simply put, it is essentially one massive root system that began life an estimated 80,000 years ago. The root system currently has somewhere around 47,000 stems that create the grove of trees that keep the root system going.

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