12 tremendous trees that hold world records

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2. Tallest living tree: Hyperion

Well hello, you tall drink of water you. This is Hyperion, a coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) which measured 379.1 feet (115.54 meters) when discovered by Chris Atkins and Michael Taylor in California's Redwood National Park in 2006, making it the tallest known living tree in the world.

Before the mid-19th century, coast redwoods had a 2-million acre range along the Pacific coast, from Big Sur to southern Oregon. With the gold rush came the logging; today only 5 percent of the original old-growth coast redwood forest remains along a 450-mile strip of coast; Hyperion is a lucky survivor, but who knows how many even taller trees fell victim to man's folly? As depressing at that is, thankfully there are some tree saviors out there, like this man who is cloning old-growth redwoods and planting them in safe places.

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