And the winner is Pando. The Flood . Decadent stasis might be an interesting fantasy, but nature is built from Pandos, systems that masquerade as individuals and persist into what might as well be eternity. Unlike the bristlecones, which can be dated accurately through tree rings, it’s pretty hard to get a fix on Pando’s exact age. The root system is estimated to be several thousand years old with habitat modeling suggesting a maximum age of 14,000 years. There’s also something perverse there too. Pando—Latin meaning I spread—is actually a single tree, a “forest of one” that sprouts over 40,000 stems through an expansive root system. Scientists disagree about Pando’s age, but estimates vary between 12,000 and 80,000 years old, a … Pando, a colony of quaking aspen, is one of the oldest-known clonal trees.Estimates of its age range from up to 14,000 years old to 80,000 or even 1,000,000 years old. We finally made it to the last tree on the list and the oldest living organism in the world. Age: Around 80 thousand years Species: Shaky Poplar Location: National Forest, Fish Lake, Utah, United States Is it still alive: Yes With an age of about 80 thousand years, the world’s oldest tree and one of the oldest living organisms in the world is considered. Pando’s now clocking in at a mere 15,000 or so. For example, scientists estimate that the giant quaking aspen tree colony in Utah known as “Pando” is more than 80,000 years old. As far as I could find out, that last study has not actually been executed, but given the conditions in which Pando lives it’s very, very clear that it’s an extraordinarily ancient organism. Pando was given its name by the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor botanist Burton Barnes. Known as Pando, and nicknamed The Trembling Giant, this … Sort of. Above ground, Pando appears to be a grove of individual trees, but underground the trees are interconnected by a single and vast root system and are genetically identical. It has a name, Pando. While Methuselah is widely considered to be the oldest tree in the world, some question the claim. High school and college students take trips to the Pando grove to monitor its growth and better understand its eco-system. To the casual observer, Pando looks like an ordinary forest. If the theories of the origins of life I was taught at university are correct, some billions of years ago, a chemical cell in a deep-sea volcano managed to bud off a copy of itself, and has echoed its way to chaotic, confounding immortality. How can they begin to guess at Pando’s biology? We live in the first age that is able to grope its way back towards the true mysteries of biology. We can fence off regions to prevent overgrazing of young stems, that sort of thing. Establishing the genetic identity of the trees is fairly straightforward these days, but the whole colony? Pando featured on season 4 premiere episode of UTopia TV, Earth’s most massive living thing is struggling to survive, Conservation insights from an enormous aspen clone: Q&A with ecologist Paul Rogers, Pando, the Most Massive Organism on Earth, Is Shrinking, Earth’s Most Massive Living Organism Is Dying, Earth’s Heaviest Organism Could Be Eaten to Death…By Deer, Utah’s Pando aspen grove is the most massive living thing known on Earth. The individual trunks of Pando average a respectable 130 years, but they regularly die and are replaced by a new, identical clone. It is located in Utah, United States. The existence of Pando, like Methuselah or the Norway Spruce group, is a simply and intuitive evidence that the world is older than proposed by YEC apologists. Counting the rings of a single trunk will only account for up to 200 years or so, as Pando is in a constant cycle of growth, death, and renewal. Known as Pando, and nicknamed The Trembling Giant, this organism is a … This makes it much older than any other tree, and by most accounts it’s the oldest living thing on the planet. But a Pando is just a Pando; without taking better care of the supra-organizational systems that support these miracles … we’ll end up killing many of them off just as we’re learning to appreciate them. The problem is, there’s no simple way to gauge Pando’s age. See more ideas about wtf fun facts, weird facts, fun facts. A one-tree-forest. It is the tree known as aspen, which is very common in North America. Pando is the name of the many-trunked tree system that inspired all this. Nature doesn’t have to be horrible. Oct 2, 2017 - Explore Jacinta Jakus's board "Pando tree" on Pinterest. Barnes had described Pando as a single organism. The oldest known living specimen, ‘Methuselah,’ has been verified at a staggering 4,852 years old. Clonal age, in the strictest sense, truly applies only to the individual genome, which is the single element of clone identity that would be continous across such time spans. Pando is a clonal colony of quaking aspen that has been growing in southern Utah so long that it makes Old Tjikko look like a spring chicken. They’d literally miss the forest for the trees. The story of a fourth-grade class working with Utah lawmakers to make the state tree the quaking aspen. Others estimates puts Pando's age closer to 1 million years. In some ways Pando is the best witness of an ancient earth of the three because of the multiple independent lines of evidence of great age. This is largely because, when determining a tree’s age, cloning is a factor. Spanning 107 acres and weighing 6,615 tons, Pando was once thought to be the world’s largest organism (now usurped by thousand-acre fungal mats in Oregon), and is almost certainly the most massive. The clonal colony encompasses 43.6 hectares (108 acres), weighs nearly 6,000 metric tons (6,600 short tons), and has over 40,000 stems (trunks), which die individually and are replaced by new stems growing from its roots. The largest organism on Earth, and one of the very oldest, is a quaking aspen that extends over 100 acres from a single root. Pando, meanwhile, is significantly older. Pando Populus™ is making the world a community of more resilient communities. Utah students and educators across academic disciplines and organizations are working together to understand the wisdom of Pando, how it has survived for such an extraordinary period of time and grown to such massive size. How does anyone know any of this? Because we live on the macro scale, we’re used to thinking of living being as discrete entities. It was overlooked, for years. But, as we encountered with our exploding ants, that’s not always the most sensible way of understanding the natural world, which tends to be at least a little indifferent to the entire concept of individualism. Since its difficult to determine a tree’s exact age based on its roots instead of tree rings, some scientists think that Pando’s age might actually be … It is the tree known as aspen, which is very common in North America. Quaking aspens have the curious property of being able to reproduce themselves clonally, sending up new seedlings from their roots. It is one tree. Back when Old Tjikko was Young Tjikko it may have seen Wooly Mammoths roaming around and the last glaciers of the ice age receding. Its cloned shoots, all from a single male parent aspen, form an ancient stand that is world famous for its size, weight, and age. It cares about individual stems just about as much the average person might fuss about individual hairs on their head. Pando. Marvelous in its beauty, astounding in its age and extent, Pando is a fitting image of our common and threatened life together, and our ability to endure. Even though the entire grove is a single organism, the death and re-growth of the different parts of the trees are independent. Five or six species of aspen (upland Populus) reach around the entire northern hemisphere between about 30°-65° north latitude. While most of the other trees on this list are individuals, Pando is a clonal colony that shares one underground root systems. 5- Pando . Pando is far and away the oldest tree in the world with an estimated age of 80,000 years. 3 There may be still older colonies of Quaking Aspen that have yet to be discovered. But underground the trees are connected by a single and vast root system. While Pando is still alive for now, scientists have noticed that Pando is showing signs of decline, primarily caused by human activities. This is because Pando is a tree colony. Humanity is only just beginning to understand how biology actually operates. Individual aspen stems typically do not live beyond 100–130 years and mature areas within Pando are approaching this limit. And it’s not just ancient — while bristlecone pines are studies in endurance in the face of deep time, Pando’s a very different story. The entire grove weighs nearly 6,000 metric tons. Old Tijkko is an impressive 9,550 years old! Scientists disagree about Pando’s age, … Tree experts also note that the organism's age cannot be determined with the level of precision found in tree rings; some claim Pando's age is closer to 1 million years. Pando was discovered by Burton V. Barnes of the University of Michigan in the 1970s. The individual trunks of Pando average a respectable 130 years, but they regularly die and are replaced by a new, identical clone. There’s something profound in that emergent reality. Changes in ungulate herbivore management over recent decades provides the most plausible explanation, though exacerbating agents, such as increased human presence and warming/drying climatic conditions likely play a role. It lives in Fishlake National Forest, and is a quaking aspen. As with Jurupa, Pando is a clonal colony. Pando occupies 43 hectares (106 acres) and is estimated to weigh collectively 6,000,000 kilograms (6,600 short tons), making it the heaviest known organism. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit based in Los Angeles County. 5- Pando . While Methuselah is widely considered to be the oldest tree in the world, some question the claim. "What you all think of as trees are actually one living and connected being," Rogers told Live Science. UTopia TV, April 2019 | Pando featured on season 4 premiere episode of UTopia TV, PBS News Hour, February 2019 | “Earth’s most massive living thing is struggling to survive”, Mongabay, June 2020 | “Conservation insights from an enormous aspen clone: Q&A with ecologist Paul Rogers”, New York Times, October 2018 | “Pando, the Most Massive Organism on Earth, Is Shrinking”, Topos Magazine, June-July 2018 | “Living With a Giant” blog seriesPart I, Part II, Part III, Part IIII, US News & World Report, June 2018 | “Earth’s Most Massive Living Organism Is Dying”, Live Science, December 2017 | “The World’s Largest Organism Is Dying”, Earther, November 2017 | “Earth’s Heaviest Organism Could Be Eaten to Death…By Deer”, Salt Lake Tribune, November 2017 | “Utah’s Pando aspen grove is the most massive living thing known on Earth. These ‘ramets’ function, for all intents and purposes, as baby trees, living and dying just like you’d expect any stand-alone aspen to. It has a name, Pando. Connect through social: Pando Populus™ is a 501(c)3 organization to which contributions are tax deductible. Tree experts also note that the organism's age cannot be determined with the level of precision found in tree rings; some claim Pando's age is closer to 1 million years. Hell, Antonie van Leeuwenhoek’s discovery of microscopic life was less than four centuries ago. In the case of the pando, luck seems to have smiled on its root system: it is estimated to be around 80,000 years old. Even the oldest non-clonal trees in the world, at some 4000+ years of age, don't approach the age of the root system of this organism, known as Pando, or … These things are difficult to determine; it’s definitely one of both. In addition to its age, Pando is also known for its weight. In addition to its age, Pando is also known for its weight. photo source: Flickr Public Domain It is estimated that there are over 40,000 individual trees in the Pando system and some of these trees are over 130 years old. But evolution has produced some curiosities that aren’t a combination of bizarre and heinous, and perhaps it’s time to lighten up with a discussion of one of the most impressive curiosities of all: Pando. Quaking aspens have the curious property of being able to reproduce themselves clonally, sending up new seedlings from their roots. Above ground, Pando appears to be a grove of individual trees, like any other grove. Unlike the bristlecones, which can be dated accurately through tree rings, it’s pretty hard to get a fix on Pando’s exact age. In terms of other superlatives, the more optimistic estimates of Pando’s age have it as over one million years old, which would easily make it one of the world’s oldest living organisms. Experts have estimated the age of the Pando to be around 80,000 years making the Pando one of … Report on the decline of Pando, by the National Forest Service. It may die soon, Saving Pando: Humans are taking measured steps to rejuvenate an ailing giant, Partnering to preserve and restore healthy aspen ecosystems, Devastated: The World’s Largest Known Organism Is In Utah – And It’s Dying, Important information about Utah’s aspen forests, from the State of Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. Back when the number one tree on our list was working its way out of the ground the world was in the Middle Paleolithic era. This is largely because, when determining a tree’s age, cloning is a factor. Unlike the bristlecones, which can be dated accurately through tree rings, it’s pretty hard to get a fix on Pando’s exact age. It may die soon”, Natural History, March 2016 | “Saving Pando: Humans are taking measured steps to rejuvenate an ailing giant”, Tremblings Newsletter, May 2015 | “Partnering to preserve and restore healthy aspen ecosystems“, Salt Lake City Weekly, November 2013 | “Devastated: The World’s Largest Known Organism Is In Utah – And It’s Dying”, Aspen Forest | “Important information about Utah’s aspen forests, from the State of Utah Division of Wildlife Resources“. Pando was discovered by University of Michigan-Ann Arbor botanist Burton Barnes, who first suspected the extent of the grove and began to speculate about its size, weight, and age. Tree - Tree - Tree structure and growth: In the section Ecological and evolutionary classification, it is pointed out that land plants are descended from aquatic plants. No matter how you slice it, this is an impressive figure, and while it’s abnormally high for a bristlecone there are plenty around only a couple millennia younger. The Pando aspen clone in Utah is hard to guess age and long-term research would have had to begin when humans were starting to migrate out of Africa. In 2019, Rodgers and Šebesta produced this uneasy paragraph: While it is clear the base cause of the current trajectory is not mature tree mortality, but chronic browsing of regenerating aspen suckers, we are left wondering how this iconic organism survived and thrived likely for millennia—the exact age is unknown—while it appears to be dwindling suddenly during our time. Pando. Old Tjikko is, however, a clonal tree that has regenerated new trunks, branches and roots over millennia rather than an individual tree of great age. Since the 80s, Pando seems to be struggling, unable to bring its ramets to maturity fast enough to replace falling stems. Oct 2, 2017 - Explore Jacinta Jakus's board "Pando tree" on Pinterest. Pando. Our service range extends along the Wasatch Front including Park City, Sandy, West Jordan, Draper, Salt Lake City, Bountiful, Farmington, Layton, Clearfield, Roy, South Ogden, Ogden, North Ogden, Bringham City, and everything inbetween. Instead of fortitude, it invokes dynamism. Unlike the bristlecones, which can be dated accurately through tree rings, it’s pretty hard to get a fix on Pando’s exact age. We also live in an age that seems preternaturally gifted at disrupting that biology, and in a civilization that only barely cares about the consequences. Age: Around 80 thousand years Species: Shaky Poplar Location: National Forest, Fish Lake, Utah, United States Is it still alive: Yes With an age of about 80 thousand years, the world’s oldest tree and one of the oldest living organisms in the world is considered. This is because Pando is a tree colony. Pando is estimated to be not 10, not 30, not 50, but 80,000 years old! Tree experts also note that the organism's age cannot be determined with the level of precision found in tree rings; some claim Pando's age is closer to 1 million years. This age designation is based on a complex set of factors. The root system of Pando, at an estimated 80,000 years old, is among the oldest known living organisms. In the case of the pando, luck seems to have smiled on its root system: it is estimated to be around 80,000 years old. We finally made it to the last tree on the list and the oldest living organism in the world. The oldest individual trees in the world are California’s bristlecone pines, windblown* subalpine conifers which can live for thousands of years. But they’re all the same organism. Did You Know? We are working with a network of collaborative efforts to support Pando, ranging from project-based learning initiatives to local research, conservation, and communications partnerships, including: Western Aspen Alliance, Ogden School District’s IB Program, and Stanford’s REDlab for Design Thinking. Old Tjikko is a 9,550 year-old Norway spruce, located on Fulufjället Mountain of Dalarna province in Sweden.Old Tjikko originally gained fame as the "world's oldest tree." In Latin, the word Pando means ‘I spread out’. Pando will probably get along ok — we don’t let celebrities go that easy. With an estimated age of over 80,000 years, Pando is the oldest tree in the world as well as one of the oldest living organisms. See more ideas about wtf fun facts, weird facts, fun facts. 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