John Muir


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dead prostrate tree three feet inches in diameter at four feet above the ground and two feet in diameter one hundred feet above the ground, and one foot six inches in diameter one hundred and eight feet above. All decaying tree trunks are inhabited by a species of black ants about one half an inch long. A tree felled a few days ago had limbs finely curved thirty and one half feet long. Five inches in diameter at the base. The tufts of terminal leafy branchlets are about two feet in diameter; the same in length. In general form they are like the crown of the tree that they belong to. One branch that I minutely examined was five inches and a half in diameter at the base. The crown of the tree it belonged to had sixty-one branches four and a half to six and a half inches in diameter at the base. Diameter of the trunk two feet above the ground was three feet. Ninety-six feet above the ground the diameter was twenty-two inches. Bark on the stump two and one-half inches. In analysis of the leafy tufts forming the ends of the branches I counted thirty-eight branchlets. Second and third branchlets two hundred and ninety-two. Leaves in a tuft, 57,232. Number of leaves in a whole crown about 3,491,152.

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