Nature Blows My Mind! This 80,000-Year-Old Aspen Grove Clones Itself

Ancient Roots

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aspen trees photo

credit: Will Scullin

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The grove is called Pando, which is Latin for "I spread" -- and spread it does. The grove is actually a single clonal colony of a male Quaking Aspen. Simply put, it is essentially one massive root system that began life an estimated 80,000 years ago. The root system currently has somewhere around 47,000 stems that create the grove of trees that keep the root system going.

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