Top 10 Tallest And Longest Things Ever Existed on Earth


All The Tallest And Longest Things Ever Existed
on Earth Where do we begin this from, okay do you dream
of achieving a bigger height? Don’t lie because we have all been there,
after all, height is a parameter of beauty and everybody knows how much we are obsessed
with it! But have you ever wondered why there is a
limit to the growth of all living beings? It is strange that we don’t grow out of
the Earth’s atmosphere reaching space. It could have saved us so much money and every
time we wanted to study about the universe, we just popped our head into it and voila,
job done! There is a little problem with this wishful
thinking, if we double in size, our weight would become 8 times and we would be crushed
with the force of gravity, yikes! But against all odds, there are some life
forms growing tall and proud. Shall we have a look at? Number 1. Redwood trees
The favorable climatic conditions of mild year round temperatures and heavy annual rainfall
have given birth to the tallest trees in the world – the redwoods which tower above ground
in California. Now you’d say that all trees are pretty
tall because they focus a lot of their energy to grow tall, after all the taller you are,
the more sunlight you get! So what’s so special with this one? Well, the redwoods can easily reach the heights
of 90 meters, amazing! But wait, you still haven’t met a tree named
Hyperion which dwarfs them all. The tree was discovered in 2006, and is 115.7
m tall which by the way is taller than the Statue of Liberty! This big guy has a “little” sibling called
Helios that manages to rise to 114.1m. You shouldn’t think of paying them a visit
because their location is kept a secret for fear of vandalism. Who would do that to a tree, such a mean thing! Anyway, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that
these trees have longer lives because a typical redwood lives for 500 to 700 years, although
some have been documented at more than 2,000 years old. Wow! Number 2. Mountain ash
Ah, another tree makes it to the list and this time you probably aren’t so skeptical,
right? Come on, we are talking about the tallest
flowering plant and one of the tallest trees in the world, second to the coast redwood! The Indigenous people of Victoria and Tasmania
have long known of the giant trees to be found in some of the wetter and cooler forests of
these parts of Australia. The first Europeans were amazed to see trees
of such stature growing in what they regarded as a dry and hostile environment. The trees are living giants in every sense-
they are straight and tall and many of them even have massive girths! The mountain ash trees have a huge and deep
root system to supply adequate amounts of water. To grow successfully they need plenty of water
and sunlight – so they are not really very hardy – but in the right environment they
are unbeatable. But how tall they really are? About 85 meters but the tallest living specimen,
Centurion stands at 99.82 meters in Tasmania! And this tree even has its own Facebook page,
wow! Interestingly some people believe that if
these trees were not cut, they would grow even taller, yikes! Number 3. Giraffe
Clap your hands and welcome the tallest living terrestrial animal and the largest ruminant. If you are anything like us, you have confused
between animals who look similar but giraffe stands alone in the crowd! Extremely long legs and neck, its horn-like
ossicones, and its distinctive coat patterns leave no room for any confusion! Another interesting thing about them is the
length of their tongue which reaches about 21 inches! Its scattered range extends from Chad in the
north to South Africa in the south, and from Niger in the west to Somalia in the east. After all, they don’t want any area to be
devoid of their celebrated presence! Anyway, since we were supposed to be discussing
their height, any idea how long do they grow? Well, the males are much taller at the height
of 18 feet while the females stand at around 14 feet. Do you know that the giraffe’s legs itself
are taller than the entire stature of an average human? Seems like we ought to be looking up to the
giraffe more often! Number 4. Blue Whale
The lovely marine mammal is here to bag tons of love from you! Why do you think we are interested in it? Size, obviously and the blue whale does not
disappoint. With a maximum recorded weight of 190 tons
and a length of 29 meters, it is the largest animal known to have ever existed! Don’t believe us? Well, a blue whale’s tongue alone can weigh
as much as an elephant—its heart as much as an automobile, beat that! Blue whales reach these mind-boggling dimensions
on a diet composed nearly exclusively of tiny shrimplike animals called krill. During certain times of the year, a single
adult blue whale consumes about 4 tons of krill a day. Ouch, that is some diet now! Blue whales are among Earth’s longest-lived
animals. The oldest blue whale found using this method
was determined to be around 110 years old. Average lifespan is estimated at around 80
to 90 years. Maybe we just discovered the secret to long
life! Number 5. Humongous Fungus
What if we told you that the largest living thing on Earth is not the blue whale? Our whole life has been a lie! Wait, didn’t we just tell you that the blue
whale is the largest animal on earth? We are giving contrasting statements, uhmmm,
actually no! The world’s largest living thing is not
an animal, it is a fungus! Meet Armillaria ostoyae, or, as it’s nicknamed,
the Humongous Fungus. More precisely, a specific honey fungus measuring
2.4 miles across in the Blue Mountains in Oregon is thought to be the largest living
organism on Earth. You may have not known about it because it
happens to stay hidden from sight. This pathogenic fungus is commonly found in
the western and northern parts of the US growing commonly in the conifer wood and hardwood
forests of cascade crest. It grows in bulk and spreads underground without
any visibility on ground. But in autumn, the fungus blooms as honey
mushrooms. You shouldn’t be happy about this organism
because it is an environmental disaster, killing trees! Forget about the honey mushrooms, get rid
of the fungus! Which of these tall and long creatures shocked
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