| Have you ever
seen a redwood? They are tall! They are also called Sequoias
which is a common name for a group of big, majestic evergreen
trees of the cypress family. They can grow up to 100 feet tall
or more! The sequoias are so big, that they are even bigger than
the whale! If you saw a picture of a full grown Sequoia with
a person standing next to it, that person would only be a large
dot! Even if you saw the person well enough to identify him,
the Sequoia would be like a big, huge background and you wouldn't
know that it was a tree! It would take about ten people to all
hold hands around a Sequoia because the circumfrence is so big!
The Giant Sequoia is found on the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada . A Sequoia is estimated to weigh as much as 2500 metric tons! If you wanted to know how old a tree was after it had been cut down, you could look at the stump, and count the number of rings it has. Once you figure that out, you'll know how old the tree is (was). Some trees have been 2300 years of age. However, some other trees have lived up to 4000 years!
The leaves on a Giant Sequoia are scale like and lie close to the branches. The bark is spongy in texture. The wood is light, and highly resistant to insects and fire.
At one time, the most popular Sequoia was the dawn redwood. Its height is just about 100 feet and its diameter is about 6 feet.
Do you see that picture next to this. That little red dot is actually a person standing next to the Giant Sequoia! Can you believe it?
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