Giant of the Amazon. Scientists have reached the tallest tree, the size of a 25-story building (video)
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The researchers had to overcome about 500 km of rapids of the Yari River and another 40 km of forest, where no man has gone before.
For the first time, a giant tree in northern Brazil was discovered back in 2019. Then scientists used the method of remote sensing using a laser scanner on an airplane. However, scientists did not manage to get to the giant in Floresta Estadual do Paro until last September, writes the Daily Mail.
Three years ago, a group of scientists from the University of Cambridge went on an expedition to the giant tree, but they could not reach their destination – the trip had to be interrupted for the safety of the team. However, there was still some “catch” – along the way, scientists documented a number of other tall trees. Also, the University of Cambridge published a scientific article, which said that they managed to find the tallest tree in the Amazon.
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In September 2022, Brazilian scientists managed to successfully reach the giant. During the expedition, they overcame 482 kilometers of the rapids of the Yari River, and then walked another 40 kilometers through the native forest of a giant tree, where no human foot had yet set foot. Note that both expeditions were led by Eric Gorgens, professor at the Federal University of Vales do Jequitinonha e Mukuri.
Researchers note that the highest Amazon tree reaches a height of just over 88 meters, and its circumference is almost 10 meters. Its dimensions are comparable to a 25-story building, or 20 double-decker buses stacked on top of each other, and only a little lower than the Statue of Liberty in New York.
The giant tree belongs to the species Dinizia excelsais and is the tallest species in pea family. These trees are especially valued for their hardwood.
Scientists say that a tree of this size can store up to 40 tons of carbon, which makes members of this family a valuable resource in the fight against greenhouse emissions.
However, despite its gigantic size, Dinizia excelsais from the Amazon is not the tallest tree on the planet. So far, the California mahogany, which reaches about 116 meters in height, still holds the palm.