Wednesday, September 5, 2012

National Geographic

Recently while reading an old issue of National Geographic I found a interesting little tid bit.

The article was talking about the varrious ecosystems on earth, and had a little blur about trees. The blur talked about a recent survey by NASA and the amount of trees that they had found.

"In 2005, with the help of NASA satellite imagery, it was estimated that there were approximately 400 billion, 246 million trees on the earth. That would be approximately 61 trees per person."

I am not sure if I should be amazed at the number of people, or sadden by the fact that both these numbers have problem changed in the last years. Seeing as the population increases in the last 8 years would cause more deforestation. But I guess it would be National Geographic if it did not make me feel bad while sitting on the toilet. (Yes ladies that is truly where men do their reading)

So before I leave you all the on the save the tree note, I found wow fact for you.

The world's tallest living standing tree, a softwood Coast Redwood (sequoia sempervirens) named Hyperion, is in Redwood National Park located in California. Last measured in October 2006, it was approximately 379 feet, 1 1/2 inches tall (almost 38 stories!), or about 8 stories higher than the Statue of Liberty.