The oldest recorded tree in existence is a Great Basin bristlecone pine tree named Methuselah. Located in the White Mountains of eastern California, Methuselah is estimated to be over 4,800 years old, making it the oldest known individual tree in the world.
The Great Basin bristlecone pine is a species of pine that grows in high-elevation regions of the western United States. These trees are known for their incredible longevity and ability to survive in harsh environments. Bristlecone pines have adapted to their environment by growing very slowly, which helps them conserve water and withstand cold temperatures and strong winds.
Methuselah’s exact location is kept secret to protect it from vandalism and damage.
Researchers who have studied the tree believe that Methuselah’s age can be determined by counting the number of rings in its trunk. This process, called dendrochronology, allows scientists to study past climate patterns and gain insight into … Read the rest