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The Oldest Tree In The World Is In Sweden And Is 9500 Years Old E-mail
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The so – called “old Tjikko” is a spruce tree 9,500 years old and grows happily in Sweden. It was found by Professor Leif Kullman (who gave the name) in 2004 and the age of its root was determined through carbon dating 14.

The Oldest Tree In The World Is In Sweden And Is 9500 Years Old

The root system is allowing this Norway spruce (this type is popular as a Christmas tree in Europe) is greater than almost everything. In a process called “reincarnation of the tree”, the tree may lose its trunk (which takes about 600 years), and then regrow from the root network. Tjikko has benefited from global warming: what used to be a bush Arctic, a hundred years of warming climates allowed to grow into a splendid tree.


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Fireball Cloud Spotted Over Portugal's Madeira Island E-mail
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Fireball Cloud Spotted Over Portugal's Madeira Island

“The red and gold hues are easily explained – they’re caused by the sunrise hitting the cloud at exactly the right time. But what’s causing the dark patches up the top of the fireball, and why is it so much lighter underneath? This is a result of two different altitude clouds mixing at just the right moment, and coming together to form the moody structure.

Different coloured clouds mix between high and low altitudes all the time, but because they’re usually shades of grey, our eyes can’t often distinguish them. It’s only when sunlight hits them like this that their hues become so pronounced.”

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