Behold the stump of Prometheus
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Behold the stump of Prometheus

Prometheus_tree1  Behold, the wonder that is the tree stump of Prometheus, the oldest known tree on Earth, cut down by a graduate student and the US Forest Service in the name of science on August 6, 1964. Thanks to the research, they were able to confirm the Bristlecone Pine was around 5,000 years of age.
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The current oldest living tree, Methusaleh, exists at a secret location nearby in eastern Nevada.

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Of course, old trees tend not to do much anymore by way of collecting carbon, so no loss there.