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What is at least 80,000 years old—maybe a million years old? Hint, it weighs 6,000 tons and occupies 106 acres. It is male and lives 6,000 feet above the sea level. It is also known as the Trembling Giant.

It is a quaking aspen, Populus tremuloides, a clonal colony of aspens with a common root system in Utah—near Fish Lake. It is the heaviest known organism & possibly the oldest (I believe my mother-in-law is the oldest, if not the biggest). Wait till the sci fi channel hears about this—Pando Pillages Pennsylvania!

Run before Pando gets you! I just gotta write about this.


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