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Currey extracted cores from the Bristlecone trees, but found counting the sometimes paper-thin rings of the twisted and gnarly wood an impossible task. He decided only a complete cross-section would give him an accurate ring count. With permission from the U.S. Forest Service, Currey selected an especially old tree, dubbed WPN 114 for his study, and he cut it down. Only later in his hotel room, counting the rings on the cross-sections of wood that his chainsaw had rendered, did Currey realize that the tree he had felled was more than 4,800 years old – older than any known living tree.
Originally posted by cartesia
what a brutal method...
surely could have just developed ring-counting software/imaging device.. but no... cut it down!
In the summers of 1963 and 1964, Donald Currey, a graduate student at the University of North Carolina, climbed Wheeler Peak in Nevada’s Snake Range to where the Bristlecone pines stand in the cold mountain wind.
Originally posted by NowanKenubi
Why does it say it's the oldest tree in the world? Are the US alone in the world?
Oldest tree in Sweden
Over 9500 years old...
EDIT: And the Sweden article is 5 years older than the one about Prometheusedit on 1-3-2013 by NowanKenubi because: (no reason given)