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10 Greatest Trees in the World

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Of the planet's 400 odd billion trees, we go out on a limb and root for our ten favorites. Great pictures!

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JL A (281)
Thursday September 27, 2012, 12:27 pm

The Tree of Life

Myth, tradition, inspiration, culture, religion, and many other aspects of human life are written into the rings of history within a tree's trunk. In fact, trees would do just fine if humans ceased to exist—but humans would almost surely die without trees. They reduce carbon dioxide while producing oxygen, moderate ecosystems, prevent erosion, provide shelter, building materials, energy, and even nutrition.

Because of their nearly innumerable benefits, people throughout time have attibuted greater meaning to trees. A common motif that appears again and again in various cultures and religions is the Tree of Life. Depending on where you look, the Tree of Life offers the threshold between life and death (Egypt), grants you immortality once every 3,000 years (China), or supports and connects the underworld, the earth, and the stars (Mesoamerica).
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The above pictured Tree of Life is found in the middle of a desert in Bahrain, miles from any other living organism or source of water. It is a 400-year-old mesquite tree, whose roots can sometimes grow to over 160 feet, making it resilient in arid climates. While some people like to think it is the tree of good and evil mentioned in the Bible, locals attibute other spiritual powers to it and have their own occult pracitces surrounding it.

Whatever the case may be, extraordinary trees like this cause legends to flourish and attact visitors from around the world to catch a glimpse of their leafy awesomeness. The following gallery will lift your roots up with amazing trees and their stories.
(Photo: David Steele/Getty)

John B (185)
Thursday September 27, 2012, 2:33 pm
Thanks J.L. for the link to this great slide show and the wonderful info about each tree, Viewed and noted with pleasure.

JL A (281)
Thursday September 27, 2012, 2:45 pm
You are welcome John. You cannot currently send a star to John because you have done so within the last week.

Frans Badenhorst (582)
Friday September 28, 2012, 2:35 am
interesting post on a subject very close to my heart, the Major oak and Árbol Del Tule is just MASSIVE....

JL A (281)
Friday September 28, 2012, 6:21 am
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Kay M (347)
Friday September 28, 2012, 10:18 am
beautiful trees - thx :)

David C (131)
Friday September 28, 2012, 10:30 am
beautiful trees --- and doesn't even include my all-time favorite Giant Sequoias or my new favorite the Poui Tree (I think its also called the Trumpet Tree commonly)....then there is my seasonal favority Maples turning orange and red in autumn.......

I love trees.....proud treehugger.......

Christeen A (369)
Friday September 28, 2012, 12:54 pm
Please plant a tree for any reason. Thank you.

JL A (281)
Friday September 28, 2012, 1:32 pm
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Cheryl B (64)
Saturday September 29, 2012, 5:36 am

Cheryl B (64)
Saturday September 29, 2012, 5:36 am

Hartson Doak (39)
Saturday September 29, 2012, 7:24 pm
I would have had a redwood in this mix. Or how about the Banyan
Tree that The Buddha sat under?

JL A (281)
Saturday September 29, 2012, 7:33 pm
Hartson, those would be worthy candidates...what was the best known redwood was damaged a couple years ago and that might have been a factor in elimination...not sure about the Banyan Tree's current status and related visual appeal--does anyone else know?

Sergio Padilla (65)
Tuesday October 2, 2012, 12:33 pm
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