This story was on page
A11of the Wednesday, 9 February 2005, Arizona Republic. It was an AP (Associated Press) story and I removed measurements that were given in feet."A giant sequoia believed to be the second-largest tree in the world may not live much longer after suffering damage from heavy snow and strong wind, according to officials at Sequoia National Park." "The sequoia known as the Washington Tree once stood more than 77 meters tall with a circumference at its base of more than 31 meters, ranking it second behind a tree known as the General Sherman sequoia in the same park." "Studies of the tree's layers suggest it is between 2,500 and 3,200 years old."
The Washington Tree is
77 meterstall. How tall is it in feet?
The base of the Washington Tree has a circumference of
31 meters. What is the circumference in feet? In addition, given the tree's circumference, what is its diameter?
1meter is approximately equal to
- The circumference of a circle is the distance around a circle and it is computed as follows.C = Π ⋅ d 'C' is circumference; 'd' is diameter; and, Π (pi) approximates the value 22/7
- The diameter of a circle is the length of a straight line passing through its center connecting two points on the circumference.
Creator: Gerald D. Thurman
Created: 09 February 2005
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During Spring Break 2004, we drove from San Jose, California, to Tempe, Arizona. The roadtrip included a visit to Sequoia National Monument. We didn't take any pictures of Washington Tree, but we did photograph the General Sherman Tree. The General Sherman Tree is considered the largest living thing on earth . [Here is a picture of Bree at the Tree.]