'Methuselah Tree' estimated thousands of years old
Venerable growth estimated to be in excess of 4,000 years old
In the White Mountains of East California, a Great Basin Bristlecone Pine, dubbed the "Methuselah Tree" is estimated to be about 4,800 years old. Named for the Biblical figure that lived for 969 years, the Methuselah Tree grows in the Methuselah Grove, which is in Inyo National Forest's "Forest of Ancients," where it is surrounded by trees of a like lineage.
The date of 2832 BCE makes Methuselah tree older even than the Egyptian Pyramids! The Prometheus tree, another bristlecone specimen estimated to be 4,844 years old was accidentally destroyed in 1964.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The exact location of the Methuselah tree is a tightly kept secret to protect it against vandalism.
Edmund Schulman and Tom Harlan first sampled the famous tree in 1957, declaring it to be about 4,789 years old. It is estimated that the tree germinated in 2832 BCE, making Methuselah the oldest known living tree and non-clonal organism in the entire world.
The date of 2832 BCE makes Methuselah older even than the Egyptian Pyramids! The Prometheus tree, another bristlecone specimen estimated to be 4,844 years old was accidentally destroyed in 1964.
Robert Mohlenbrock, a professor of botany at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, declared upon visiting the tree "that any organism that lived longer than the norm had to have optimal conditions going for it ... that would mean moderate temperatures, shelter from extreme weather, and plenty of moisture and nutrients."
Not so. Methuselah lives in a very inhospitable place for a tree. There are just patches of soil at the tree's extreme elevation and fierce winds blow.
- - -
Pope Benedict XVI's Prayer Intentions for January 2013
General Intention: The Faith of Christians. That in this Year of Faith Christians may deepen their knowledge of the mystery of Christ and witness joyfully to the gift of faith in him.
Missionary Intention: Middle Eastern Christians. That the Christian communities of the Middle East, often discriminated against, may receive from the Holy Spirit the strength of fidelity and perseverance.
Keywords: Tree, age, California
Rate This Article
Leave a Comment
More Travel News
- Abbey of St. Foy is longtime medieval pilgrimage route
- Austere Abbaye de Fonteny filled only with light
- British man visits all of the world's 201 nations - without flying in a plane
- The Basilique Ste-Madeleine second only to Notre Dame in size
- Mont-St-Michel island abbey connected with natural land bridge
- Saint-Benoît-sur-Loire Abbey greets visitors near Orleans in central France
- The Abbey of Fontfroide was onetime center of orthodoxy
- France's Saint Hilaire Abbey contains sarcophagus of Saint Sernin
- Bring binoculars to the St. Matthias Abbey Church to see architectural marvels
- Fr. Paul Schenck: Finding Living Faith on Catechetical Sunday
- The Movie Yellow: Incest as 'Normal' and Cassavates's Slides Into the World of Woes
- The Chicago School Teachers Strike Reveals the Need For School Choice
- The Sexual Barbarians and the Dissolution of Culture
- The Happy Priest Challenges Us to Ask: Who is Jesus to Me?
- Michael Coren on Canadian Public Schools: Teachers, leave those kids alone
- We Cannot Ignore Our Consciences: Cardinal Dolan On Religious Liberty
- In the Face of Danger, Successor of Peter Travels to Lebanon as a Messenger of Peace
- Reflections on the Dignity and Vocation of Women: Who or What?
More Rome, Vatican & Italy
The Holy See is the episcopal jurisdiction of the Catholic Church in Rome, in which its Bishop is commonly known as the Pope. It is the preeminent episcopal see of the Catholic Church, forming the central government of the Church.
Saint Peter's Square
Saint Peter's Square is located directly in front of St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City, the papal enclave within Rome. The open space which ...
The Coliseum is an elliptical amphitheatre in the centre of the city of Rome, Italy, the largest ever built in the Roman Empire. It is considered one ...
Sistine Chapel is the best-known chapel in the Apostolic Palace, the official residence of the Pope in Vatican City. It is famous for its ...
By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM) • Catholic Online • 1/17/2013
The Abbey of St. Foy, nestled in the hills of southern France is a beautiful Romanesque church perfectly aligned with its surroundings. The ...
By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM) • Catholic Online • 12/5/2012
Found in the Burgundy Valley, the Abbaye de Fontenay is a well-restored 12th-century Cistercian monastery founded by St. Bernard of Clairvaux. The ...
By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM) • Catholic Online • 11/27/2012
Thirty-three-year-old Graham Hughes of Liverpool wanted to travel with his feet firmly planted on the soil. To this end, the eccentric Briton can now ...