Stratosphere Giant

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Stratosphere Giant
Founders Grove, Humboldt Redwoods State Park - Coast Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) - Flickr - Jay Sturner.jpg
Example of coastal redwoods in Humboldt Redwoods State Park (Stratosphere Giant not pictured)
SpeciesCoast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens)
Height113.11 m (371.1 ft)

The Stratosphere Giant was once considered the tallest tree in the world.[1] It was discovered in July 2000 in Humboldt Redwoods State Park by Chris Atkins,[2] measuring 112.34 meters (368.6 ft) tall.[3] The tree has continued to grow and measured 113.11 m (371.1 ft) in 2010.[4] It is a specimen of the species Sequoia sempervirens, the Coast Redwood. The tree features three prominent burls on the southwestern side of its trunk and is surrounded by a large number of trees of almost equal size.[5] In an effort to avoid damage to the tree's shallow roots by tourism, its exact location was never disclosed to the public.

On August 25, 2006, a taller redwood tree, named Hyperion, in the Redwood National Park was discovered by Chris Atkins and Michael Taylor, and is considered the tallest tree (and living thing), measuring 115.55 m (379.1 ft). This has been confirmed using a tape measurement. Two other trees in this forest were found to be taller than Stratosphere Giant as well.[3]

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  1. ^ Martin, Glen (September 6, 2006). "Eureka: New tallest living thing discovered / HYPERION: At 378.1 feet, new champion in Redwood National Park on North Coast towers 8 feet above the Stratosphere Giant". The San Francisco Chronicle.
  2. ^ Vaden, Mario. "Chris Atkins".
  3. ^ a b Preston, Richard (October 9, 2006). "Tall for its age - Climbing a record breaking redwood" (PDF). The New Yorker. Retrieved March 26, 2010.
  4. ^ Taylor, Michael (January 10, 2010). "Tallest Redwoods Update". Landmarktrees. Retrieved May 7, 2010.
  5. ^ "Stratosphere Giant Tree - Famous Redwoods". Retrieved 2019-11-25.

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