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Post by sujin007 on Sun Nov 18, 2012 10:21 pm

Everyone knows about the giant redwoods, famous for their size, but the kauri tree of northern New Zealand is one of the largest trees, by volume of wood, in the world.

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Post by sujin007 on Sun Nov 18, 2012 10:23 pm

The trees can be up to 50m tall and 15m in circumference. This is less tall than a sequoia but the kauri does not narrow as the redwood does towards its top.

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Post by sujin007 on Sun Nov 18, 2012 10:25 pm

Because of the strength of the wood and the amount a single tree could yield, the Kauri was heavily logged in the 19th century.

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Post by sujin007 on Sun Nov 18, 2012 10:26 pm

Kauri Gum – semi-fossilized resin – was once a major commodity used to make varnish. People who extracted the gum from buried deposits were known as Gum-diggers.
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Post by sujin007 on Sun Nov 18, 2012 10:28 pm


The density of the wood allows it to survive well once buried, and workable wood is dug up after being buried in bogs for over 50,000 years.
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