Saturday, June 27, 2020

The Tree the Size of a Small Forest

Environmental & Science Education
Edward Hessler

The banyan tree, Thimmamma marrimanu, thrives in one of India's driest regions where it has "become an enduring symbol of eternal life." According to the Wiki entry "its canopy covers 19,107 m2 (4.721 acres), and it was recorded as the largest tree specimen in the world in the Guinness Book of Records in 1989."

This short film ( 2m 36 s) from the BBC is about the tree and its cultural significance. You will notice the measurement, 846 m (2775.59') which is one dimension of its measure, probably diameter. No matter, it is a huge umbrella.

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