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    How long does a tree live? An apple tree may live to be forty years. the maple dies after fifty to seventy-five years An oak can live for almost three hundred years. The bristlecone pine tree has the longest life span of all. Some bristlecone pines have been alive four to five thousand years!

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    A few years ago, the American Forestry Association did a study on trees and their lifespans. They said that the average life expectancy for a tree (oaks, maples, etc.) in a rural, undisturbed site was about 150 years. The same tree, in the best city location, had an average life expectancy of only 60 years. The average lifespan for the same tree in an urban, downtown area was only 13 years.
    http://www.ces.purdue.edu/vanderburg...ageoftrees.htm
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    Wow...Thanks, I guess there should be some good stuff buried next to a bristlecone pine.
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    interesting! thanks for sharing that with us.
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    My best find to date, 1861 Seated Liberty Half Dime, was found at the very base of a big pine tree in the middle of a small park at a dam. I'm 6' tall and it took me 4 double arm stretches to reach around it.
    The coin was less than 1" deep, barely covered with mostly needles touching the trunk. I bet the tree "dug up" the coin as it grew.

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    There's a pear tree on my friend's farm that's about 110+ years old. In the pasture, which 100 years or so ago was in the yard. It still bears fruit.

    Live oak trees in Louisiana live several hundred years and grow tremendously huge. Check out Oak Alley Plantation for pictures.

    I have an oak tree (not sure what kind of oak, but not live oak) on my land that is well over 100 years old, with barbed wire embedded in it from when my grandfather ran fencing in roughly 1915. And the wire is embedded not too far in.

    Also have a cypress tree that's about 15 feet around with barbed wire embedded in it also, very shallow. We figure it's about 300 years old, if not 2,000. It's a huge thing that some have said was around about the time of Christ. I personally don't know. But they are very slow growers and live for centuries, literally.

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    People that beleve in god say the earth is only 4,000 years old and that pine tree i was talking about is, i think, 5,000 to 7,000 years of age.



    Quote Originally Posted by Noodle
    There's a pear tree on my friend's farm that's about 110+ years old. In the pasture, which 100 years or so ago was in the yard. It still bears fruit.

    Live oak trees in Louisiana live several hundred years and grow tremendously huge. Check out Oak Alley Plantation for pictures.

    I have an oak tree (not sure what kind of oak, but not live oak) on my land that is well over 100 years old, with barbed wire embedded in it from when my grandfather ran fencing in roughly 1915. And the wire is embedded not too far in.

    Also have a cypress tree that's about 15 feet around with barbed wire embedded in it also, very shallow. We figure it's about 300 years old, if not 2,000. It's a huge thing that some have said was around about the time of Christ. I personally don't know. But they are very slow growers and live for centuries, literally.


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    Quote Originally Posted by radarwill
    My best find to date, 1861 Seated Liberty Half Dime, was found at the very base of a big pine tree in the middle of a small park at a dam. I'm 6' tall and it took me 4 double arm stretches to reach around it.
    The coin was less than 1" deep, barely covered with mostly needles touching the trunk. I bet the tree "dug up" the coin as it grew.
    Now that's... what i'm talking about.Cool story!!!!
    makes me want to run out and find a giant tree.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wvdrummer
    People that beleve in god say the earth is only 4,000 years old and that pine tree i was talking about is, i think, 5,000 to 7,000 years of age.


    Don't confuse "people who believe in God" with fundamentalists who take the Bible literally. Christians are like trees: they come in many, many varieties. I believe in God and evolution. How can both be true? Because we don't have all the answers yet . . . maybe we never will. He has the answers, not me, so I let Him worry about it. ;-) There will be only two questions on the test (Hint on question #2 - the Devil believes in God so that doesn't cut it). Moses wrote the first five books of the Bible a LONG time after the events. Weren't no one taking dictation at the time.

    That tree's age is nothing. Light travels at 186,000 miles per second in space and we can now see objects more than 10 billion light years away. Get out your calculator and figure how old that light is (how long it took to get to earth). (Hint - 10 billion years).
    America was founded by tough hell-raisers. Rugged citizens who evaded taxes, spoke strongly against tyranny, grew tobacco, brewed beer, distilled spirits, and smuggled weapons. And it will be saved by those same types of citizens.

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    the bible was made 2,000 years ago, the book could have changed from then, but you never no, that's what were waiting for "proof".






    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie P. (NY)
    Quote Originally Posted by wvdrummer
    People that beleve in god say the earth is only 4,000 years old and that pine tree i was talking about is, i think, 5,000 to 7,000 years of age.


    Don't confuse "people who believe in God" with fundamentalists who take the Bible literally. Christians are like trees: they come in many, many varieties. I believe in God and evolution. How can both be true? Because we don't have all the answers yet . . . maybe we never will. He has the answers, not me, so I let Him worry about it. ;-) There will be only two questions on the test (Hint on question #2 - the Devil believes in God so that doesn't cut it). Moses wrote the first five books of the Bible a LONG time after the events. Weren't no one taking dictation at the time.

    That tree's age is nothing. Light travels at 186,000 miles per second in space and we can now see objects more than 10 billion light years away. Get out your calculator and figure how old that light is (how long it took to get to earth). (Hint - 10 billion years).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie P. (NY)
    Quote Originally Posted by wvdrummer
    People that beleve in god say the earth is only 4,000 years old and that pine tree i was talking about is, i think, 5,000 to 7,000 years of age.


    Don't confuse "people who believe in God" with fundamentalists who take the Bible literally. Christians are like trees: they come in many, many varieties. I believe in God and evolution. How can both be true? Because we don't have all the answers yet . . . maybe we never will. He has the answers, not me, so I let Him worry about it. ;-) There will be only two questions on the test (Hint on question #2 - the Devil believes in God so that doesn't cut it). Moses wrote the first five books of the Bible a LONG time after the events. Weren't no one taking dictation at the time.

    That tree's age is nothing. Light travels at 186,000 miles per second in space and we can now see objects more than 10 billion light years away. Get out your calculator and figure how old that light is (how long it took to get to earth). (Hint - 10 billion years).
    Charlie great word

    WV the new testament started roughly 2000 years ago, the old testament is much much older.
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    Actually, which documents were to make up the new Testament was "officially" decided on in 367AD (27 different documents brought together for the first time then). The first five books of the Old Testament are often attributed to Moses sometime around 1100BC. (But since they include the death of Moses there had to be multiple authors). The Bible is made up of dozens of books, documents and letters, in many languages, that were written at various times. Some manuscripts and texts were kept and some were not (that's a bit scary). It wasn't until 1382 that the first single language translation Bible was published (handwritten in Latin) pretty much in the form we now have, Gutenburg churned out the first type printed versions in the 1450's, and the first full English version wasn't published until 1535.

    And, IMHO, that's why it's dangerous to take everything literally.
    America was founded by tough hell-raisers. Rugged citizens who evaded taxes, spoke strongly against tyranny, grew tobacco, brewed beer, distilled spirits, and smuggled weapons. And it will be saved by those same types of citizens.

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    I just saw a story the other day on the bristlecone pine.
    The tree being filmed was estimated to be 5,000 years old, and it is still a fertle mertle.

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    Charlie I'm glad to see someone else w/ the same view.


    I am a tree hugger, specially when I find a good coin by it!
    dancing in the fire!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mamabear
    Charlie I'm glad to see someone else w/ the same view.


    I am a tree hugger, specially when I find a good coin by it!
    I'm a tree hugger too mama!....Especially when it has a fresh scrape next to it within 30 yd's

 

 
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