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  •  America can win in the "Big Tree" category (3+ / 0-)
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    Chi, NonnyO, cpresley

    Globally, only Tasmania offers real competition with their giant eucalyptus species** (and to a lesser extent, western Canada with their redcedars (thuja) and a couple other species).  As for Hawaii, though, well, it takes almost as long to get to Hawaii from LA as it takes to get to Iceland from Minneapolis (from NYC, it's only 4 1/2 hours; from MN, about 6 hours)

    The great plans are greatly featureless.  A whole lot of nothing.  At least in Iowa we're lucky enough to have rolling hills.  Nebraska?  Ugh.  

    ** -- Based on historic logging records, before they were cut down, it's been argued that some of the giant eucalyptus present in Tasmania when westerners arrived were taller than the tallest redwoods.  This is controversial, but they're definitely in the same ballpark in terms of heights.  Nothing really approaches the mass and girth of the largest sequoias, though.  

    •  I'd also add... (1+ / 0-)
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      Rei

      ... for barrenness (like you describe for Nebraska, a state I've never been to), the eastern 600 miles of the flat plains of Montana (through which Hwy 2 runs) and virtually all of the flat plains of North Dakota (they can keep the Badlands which look good on photos; it's inhabited by rattlesnakes).  I've driven Hwy 2 a couple of times.  It's best driven at night because the never-ending dun color of the plains can put one to sleep from sheer boredom.  Yuk, yuk, yuk.

      I find the Great Plains disgusting because I don't know my directions on flat land.  I'm not even that keen on forested areas of MN where one winds one's way through groves of trees on the highways; there's no relief from the flatness.  When I lived in the mountains I always had my bearings.

      I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

      by NonnyO on Tue Sep 20, 2011 at 08:15:46 PM PDT

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    •  Redwoods are more than just tall. (0+ / 0-)

      If that's all you see, you're not seeing much.

      You're changing your argument when you talk about how far away Hawaii is from Minneapolis.

      The vastness of the Great Plains is awe-inspiring.

      Barack Obama: So morally bankrupt that he thinks people who tortured other people to death should get a pass. Likes to prosecute whistleblowers, though.

      by expatjourno on Tue Sep 20, 2011 at 11:14:02 PM PDT

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      •  No, it's incredibly boring seeing the same thing (0+ / 0-)

        endlessly, especially when that same thing is "nothing".  We can agree to disagree on it, of course.  But I'm right  ;)  hehe

        The "redwoods are more than just tall" is again that annoying Ameri-centrism.  As though the giant eucalyptus species (such as Eucalyptus regnans) are not likewise "more than just tall".  As a random example, these "mountain ash" forests have been determined to have the highest density of carbon sequestration in the world.  I bet you had never even heard of the giant eucalyptus before this post, given how ameri-centric your knowledge comes across.

        •  Retraction. (2+ / 0-)
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          renbear, PinHole

          I mistakenly assumed you were the person who had been writing previously (the one who called my post "crap"), before I checked the names.  Had I noticed that, I would not have used such a harsh tone.  My apologies.

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