Friday, February 5, 2010

Organisms that Weigh More than Me: Trembling in the Breeze

The largest living organism on earth is probably NOT what you thought.  I was surprised to learn that the Aspen tree forms large groups of genetically indentical trees (or stems) which all share the same underground root system and are all formed from the same original plant.

The largest known fully-connected Aspen is a grove in Utah.  Nicknamed Pando, some scientists describe it as the largest organism in the world.

Pando Statistics
Area: 106 acres
Weight: 6,600 short tons

Conclusion: Pando weighs more than me.

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