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Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Tule

The tree of Tule is otherwise known as the tree with the stoutest trunk in the whole of the world. Its a Montezuma Cypress tree(Taxodium mucronatum), or Ahuehuete (meaning "old man of the water" in Nahuatl). Its situated 9km east of the city of Oaxaca.

According to wikipedia, its trunk has a circumference of 36.2 m (119 ft), equating to a diameter of 11.62 m (38.1 ft). According to this sign below(which wikipedia states 'given the same signboard's claim of a girth of 58 m (190 ft), must be treated with suspicion') the tree has a total volume of 816.829 m3 and a weight of 636.107 t (701.188 short tons). I didn't have time to confirm any of these figures, but I can confirm in a scientific fashion that the tree is 'absolutely massive'.

Wikipedia also comically states that the tree is so big that people once thought it was a bunch of trees grouped together which prompted carrying out a DNA test on the tree to confirm that it is indeed one really really big tree...............

While i'm on a roll borrowing information from wikipedia, it also states that the age of the tree is unknown, with estimates ranging between 1,200 and 3,000 years, and even one claim of 6,000 years;the best scientific estimate based on growth rates is 1,433-1,600 years. Local Zapotec legend holds that it was planted about 1,400 years ago by Pechocha, a priest of Ehecatl, the Aztec wind god, in broad agreement with the scientific estimate; its location on a sacred site (later taken over by the Roman Catholic Church) would also support this.



I can back up these wonderful wikipedia facts with this photographic evidence which confirms beyond reasonable doubt the the tree is massively big and really old!!


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