Tuesday, August 19, 2008

HUGE! Mikalatos spots a specimen of the world's largest organism in Colorado (yup, there's a picture)

The stand of trees shown at the top of this picture is a stand of aspens. Aspens grow as a stand of genetically identical trees... in fact, they're technically stems. If you look carefully at the picture above you can see a large swath of them fallen on the ground. It appears that this entire organism is sick or dying, and I'm told that when a large amount of them falls, it will only spread to the rest of the stand.
The largest known stand of aspen is nicknamed "Pando." I have decided to call the stand that I've discovered here, "The Matthew Mikalatos Explorer of the Year Award Aspen (Copper, Colorado)."