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.
Area: 106 acres
Weight: 6,600 short tons
Conclusion: Pando weighs more than me.