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They start as a small rounded bear cone and end up growing up to 85 m tall, 8 m in diameter and can live thousands of years. Fortunately humans soon found out that the bark of sequoias is not good for construction so they stopped logging them. Giant sequoias are in many ways adapted to forest fires. Their bark is unusually fire resistant, and their cones will normally open immediately after a fire.
It occurs naturally only in groves on the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California. These are in Sequoia National Forest, CA.
Spotted on Sep 21, 2014
Submitted on Jan 11, 2015
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