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Wow: This Ancient, Beautiful Tree Will Leave You Awestruck

It's age alone is mind-boggling

This gigantic tree is the world’s second largest, and is known as ‘The President’. Situated in Sequoia National Park, it is 27 feet in diameter, a staggering 247 feet tall, and- wait for it- a breathtaking 3200 years old.

Yes, this tree was alive during the great Egyptian civilization, and was already nearing 1000 years old by the time Cleopatra was Queen. It was alive long before Buddha, The Great Wall Of China, The Roman Empire and the Mayan Golden Age. The President pre-dates Christianity, Islam, Judaism, and pretty much anything else you ever learned in history class.

The President was photographed by National Geographic magazine photographer Michael “Nick” Nichols for the December 2012 issue. He managed to create one incredible photograph of this amazing giant from a mosaic of 126 images. Simply beautiful.

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