Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Giant Forest trees in Sequoia National Park

Sequoia National Park, in the southern Sierra Nevada, east of Visalia, California, USA, was established in 1890. The park covers an area of 1,635 squire km, and has the highest peak, Mount Whitney (14,505 feet or 4,421 m above sea level), in the contiguous 48 states of USA.

Sequoia National Park is located south of Kings Canyon National Park, contiguous with it and the two national parks are administered by the National Park Service.

Sequoia National Park is world famous for its Giant Sequoia trees (Sequoiadendron giganteum), including the General Sherman tree, one of the largest trees in the world. The General Sherman tree grows in the Giant Forest within the park, and five of the ten largest trees in the world by volume on the planet are located within the Giant Forest, which is connected by Generals Highway to Kings Canyon National Park.

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