xoxoxoBruce Sunday Mar 21 11:22 PM
Mar 22, 2010: Kauri Staircase
New Zealand is home to the Kauri trees, a giant evergreen that has almost disappeared, mainly because it's light, strong and rot resistant, so favored for ship building. Of the remaining trees, the largest is 16 meters in girth and several are 2000 years old. Cape Reigna, at New Zealand's north end, was a swamp at one time, and the locals dig preserved trunks and stumps out of the bog. They use the wood to fashion musical instruments and crafts, from wood thousands of years old.
Bullitt Monday Mar 22 12:09 AM
Nice find bruce. Here's an article on some of the oldest living trees on Earth: http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/20...-tree-gallery/
rditlkustoleit Monday Mar 22 08:56 AM
Ah, I think back to the days when Frodo, Sam and Bilbo used to play hide and seek around this tree in the Shire.
Trilby Monday Mar 22 09:07 AM
Frodo - exactly.
newtimer Monday Mar 22 09:07 AM
You think that's big? You should see the trees in Old Zealand!
glatt Monday Mar 22 10:06 AMtree in California has that honor. There was an older one, but scientists cut it down to study it.
Pete Zicato Monday Mar 22 10:23 AM
wooden it be cool to have that in your home?
glatt Monday Mar 22 10:37 AM
Yeah. It wood.
xoxoxoBruce Monday Mar 22 04:32 PM
I wondered if they used all that wood they cut out for other stuff?
spudcon Monday Mar 22 09:05 PM
Mayor of Shekou Monday Mar 22 09:52 PM
I think they missed a great opportunity when they made it a staircase. Picture it as a nicely polished spiral slide instead! That would be amazing to have in your home (it would be great just to have a home big enough for it!).
Dagney Monday Mar 22 10:00 PM
Wow, and no one's mentioned how Kauri smoked <insert random cute critter here> would taste. Yer slippin guys!
Pete Zicato Tuesday Mar 23 02:17 PM
Sundae Tuesday Mar 23 04:08 PM
To all Englanders - what a waste of a good tree, that could have been the Slippery Slip!