Nature & Environment
3,500-year-old tree destroyed in a fire
By T.K. Randall
January 23, 2012 · 22 comments
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A giant, ancient tree that was alive before the days of King Tutankhamun has been killed in a fire.
Known as 'Senator', the tree was situated in a swamp in Central Florida and was thought by many to be able to withstand just about anything. At 118ft the Senator wasn't just one of the oldest trees but also one of the tallest. It isn't clear what caused it to burn, investigators believe it may have been struck by lightning within the last two weeks and slowly burned from the inside.
Back, way back, before King Tut was born and Alexander the Great roamed his empire, the Senator sprouted in a swamp here in central Florida, one of thousands of its kind.
Source: New York Times
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