Is this the oldest tree in the world? ~ June 12, 2022

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This is a photograph of El Gran Abuelo aka the Great Grandfather Tree. (Image credit: Yiyo Zamorano, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons)

Editor’s Note: Ah trees! We take trees for granted as common denominators (or lack thereof) in our environment. At the moment trees live longer than most humans, and so become signals for stability in our increasingly chaotic world.

Currently I live in a redwood area and am increasingly aware of the, not only physical stability of these massive trees, which brings an awareness for the stability of the consciousness all trees exhibit! Trees, as well as all else in our environment, have an awareness we see through their “conscious” reactions to their physical environment. As humans, our reactions as expressed through consciousness, expressed through emotions, are immediate giving us the ability to KNOW a NEW sense of personal and internal BALANCE as we experience MULTIPLES of personal GROWTH through our PRACTICE…and the whole new cycle begins again…

These immeasurable cycles, whether expressed as a stable tree, or an emotional human, leaves all to BE in…

Quantum Joy!

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The world’s oldest tree may have been standing for centuries when the first boulders were erected at Stonehenge, new research suggests.

The ancient giant, an alerce (Fitzroya cupressoides) known as the “Gran Abuelo” (or great grandfather in Spanish) that towers over a ravine in the Chilean Andes, may be roughly 5,400 years old, a new computer model suggests. If that date can be confirmed, it would make the Gran Abuelo nearly 600 years older than the current official record holder (opens in new tab) for world’s oldest tree, a Great Basin bristlecone pine (Pinus longaeva) in California known as “Methuselah.”

However, the alerce’s exact age is still somewhat contested, because confirming that requires analysis of the tree’s rings — a method known as dendrochronology, and the gold standard for determining a tree’s age — and that data is currently incomplete. The underlying data for the model has not yet been publicly released or submitted to a peer-reviewed journal.

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