Giant Sequoia Mini Journal

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Giant Sequoia
Sequoiadendron giganteum
 
It is innately human to experience an inner sense of stirring when finding oneself in the company of giant sequoias. The magnitude of a giant sequoia is palpable as one’s sense of self is suddenly shrunken by their vastness. Many giant sequoias are 20 to 26 feet in diameter and over 250 feet tall. Among the oldest beings in existence, living to more than 3,000 years, the sequoias coexisted with dinosaurs.
Giant Sequoias are evergreen conifers in the Cyprus family with scale-like needles and small 2-3 inch egg shaped cones. Sequoias only occur naturally in about 70 small groves along the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada range in California. The “General Sherman” tree, which stands in the Giant Forest of Sequoia National Park, is the biggest among all sequoias with a base circumference of 102.6 feet. Sequoias are often confused with their close relative the coastal redwood (Sequoia sempervirens). While coastal redwood trees are the tallest, sequoias are the largest living beings by volume. Sequoias have a tremendous resistance to pests and fire due to the texture and make-up of their bark. They are not only prone to lightning strikes but also require the heat of lightning or forest fires to crack open their small cones to drop their seeds.
 
artwork by Camille Doucet © 2015
text by Nicole Costa
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