A group of researchers from Stanford University found fifty the highest known to date for tropical trees. They grow in the protected area in Danum valley, located in the Malaysian part of Borneo. The height of the absolute “champion” was equal to 94.1 meters.
Reporting his discovery during a recent scientific conference, scientists suggested a rather original method to estimate the size of the detected trees — their height would be equal to the length of five sperm whales (the largest toothed whales), if you build them in a row one after the other. However, the record among all trees the discovery is still not intended — to hold California’s giant sequoias, the height of which sometimes reaches 116 meters (to continue the metaphor specialists, is on the whole more of the sperm whale). However, among the trees of the tropical plant discovered in the lead confidently.
Earlier this year, other experts representing Cambridge University, discovered on the territory of another reserve on the island of Borneo another tree, the height of which was estimated at 89.5 meters, and for a time the highest known considered it. By the way, experts from Stanford have studied this tree and came to the conclusion that its height is about 90 meters. “Either the tree grew by half a meter, or one of us made a mistake,” — said in his report, Greg Asner, a representative of Stanford University.
The scientists noted that their study is still ongoing and is not even nearing completion. They also stressed that the goal of ongoing work is not so much a search a record high trees as search for information that would help to effectively protect intact rainforests in the modern world.