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#100 - writeroftoast (09/27/2012) [-]
What you don't understand is that the terrain in the redwood forests is not level, at all. Steve Sillett (who is a professor at Humboldt State and teaches a forestry/tree-climbing class there, and who has had sex in a hammock at the top of a redwood, and is generally badass) had to use several complex measuring devices developed by friends to accurately measure the tops the tallest trees, because it's near impossible to tell from the ground.
Sure, it's possible to notice that one or two trees seems to be pretty tall and large, but it's not something super obvious that you can just eyeball. Also, redwood forests are huge and oftentimes Sillett had to walk through areas with no trail for hours before he came across the tallest trees.
I go to UC Santa Cruz, which is in the middle of a redwood forest, and I'd be hard-pressed to pick out the largest tree. I walk over a bridge every day that, though it's at the same level as the middles or tops of the trees, doesn't seem as high because the terrain is so hilly.
tl;dr Read "The Wild Trees" by Richard Preston, it has the entire story of Sillett and Hyperion.
#311 - 2scared2login (09/27/2012) [-]
Its probably 7 inches taller than all other trees surrounding it.
Bam, Tallest tree. Want to measure each one?
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