Sequoia: 15 Things You Didn’t Know (Part 1)

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Sequoia National Forest is located in the Southern Central part of California, stretching over the slopes of the Sierra Nevada. The park features the famous giant sequoias, meadows, and bodies of water. Here is part one of our list of facts.about this beautiful place.

Number Fifteen: The Tallest Trees in Its Forest Aren’t Sequoias

The forest features 30 groves of the world’s largest trees (though the tallest are the coastal redwoods). The giant sequoia only grows on the western side of the mountain range, in a 260-mile-long and 15-mile-wide area.

Number Fourteen: Honoring the Cherokee

The name given to these gigantic wonders, “Sequoiadendron giganteum,” was chosen in honor of a Cherokee chief named Sequoya. This man is known for creating the Cherokee phonetic alphabet.

Number Thirteen: Sequoia Has Contradictory Weather

While one part of the forest, Ash Mountain, gets about 25 inches of rainfall and 1 inch of snowfall per year, other areas get up to 42 inches of rainfall and 260 inches of snowfall. This contributes to the very diverse environment in the area.

Number Twelve: Fire Resistant Trees

Giant sequoias are amazing in multiple ways, including their immunity to fire. Interestingly, this species of tree needs fire to regenerate, since their pine cones only open under the circumstances of intense heat. Fire damage can be observed on the trunks of some of these trees. This is one of the many reasons why these trees are so old.

Number Eleven: Undiscovered Caves

Although there have already been almost 300 caves found in the forest, scientists guess that there are many more to be discovered. Most of the caves link together to make underground tunnels, which stretch up to 35 miles in combination.

Number Ten: The Exceptionally Deep Canyon

One of the deepest canyons in North America can be found here, and there is a scenic byway you can drive through to get a glimpse of it. The elevation of this breathtaking place reaches over 11,000 feet at the tallest point.

Number Nine: Lots of Evergreens

Over 20 species of evergreen exist in this famous forest. We hope you enjoyed part one of our list of facts about the Sequoia Forest. Return for part two, coming soon!

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