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Ancient Bald Cypress Forests of the Black River


A dendrochronologist in the US has discovered the fifth-oldest tree in the world in a North Carolina swamp. Dr. David Stahle of the university of Arkansas first visited the Black River Preserve with Julia Moore of the US fish and wildlife service in the 1980s, discovering a forest of cypress trees over 1000 years old. A more recent visit by the pair, accompanied by one of Professor Stahle’s students, confirmed the age of one bald cypress tree to be 2,624 years old.

The tree has been dated using both traditional dendrochronology (the scientific method of dating trees through their rings) and radiocarbon dating. There’s even a mini-documentary about the remarkable discovery “The Ancient Bald Cypress Forests of the Black River”.

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