The 3 Reasons This Tree Has Lived 5000 Years

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Methuselah’s environment lacks nutrients, water, and oxygen. In other words, it’s the perfect place to grow very very old.

To learn more about this topic, start your googling with these keywords:
– Great basin bristlecone pine tree: a species of pine tree that includes many of the longest-lived individual trees on Earth.
– Bark beetles: the common name for a subfamily of beetles that has destroyed millions of acres of forest across the Western United States.
– Terpenes: waxy chemicals that increase wood density in certain pine trees.
– Bark morphology: a trait of certain bristlecones in which strips of exposed wood extend up and down the tree, allowing them to pass nutrients even when other parts of the trunk have died.
– Dolomite: a type of rock high in magnesium and calcium that turns into extremely alkaline soils.
– Extremophile: an organism that is tolerant to environmental extremes.

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