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Avatar Trees Found on Earth

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A budding interstellar arborist needs to travel no farther than the northern coast of California to find a dense forest of towering trees reminiscent of Avatar's shimmering landscape.



The redwood trees that make up these forests have been known to live as long as 3,500 years and can grow taller than 370 feet. But these towering trees are not invincible: As the narrow range of the redwood is eroded, this species struggles to survive and is now considered "vulnerable" by the International Union For Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Image credit: Minette Layne/Flickr

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