The world-record petrified tree will become a geological tourist attraction

After being certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest petrified tree trunk ever found in the world, officials in Tak Province are drawing up plans to turn the tree site into a classy tourist attraction. world based on geology.

The world record was verified in July in Tak, a northern Thai province bordering Myanmar. The gigantic fossilized log was about 70 meters tall, meaning it would have been as tall as a 20-story building. And ancient – the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment estimates that petrified wood is around 120,000 years old.

Natural Resources and Environment Minister Varawut Silpa-archa said the impressive petrified tree should have a proper tourist spot for nature and natural history enthusiasts to enjoy the rare find. The site has been officially declared a Protected Fossil Site since 2016, but they hope the new recognition as a Guinness World Record will spark interest among young people.

They hope the record, the first in Thailand for natural heritage, will boost the local economy once it is ready to welcome tourists, and also inspire the country’s young people to learn more about geology with a physical specimen. also interesting to see in person. The wood appears to belong to a species still common in local rainforests, the Thong Bueng tree.

The tree, which measures 4.8 meters in diameter at the base and 1.8 meters in the middle, was originally discovered in 2003 in Doi Soi Malai National Park in the Ban Tak district of the lower province. North. At the time it was measured at 72.22 meters long, but a flood across the excavation site managed to break the tip of the log and wash it away, reducing the official length to 69.7 meters.

In comparison, the tallest living tree in the world would be the Hyperion, a giant sequoia in Redwood National Park in California. It is nearly 116 meters tall, about 65% taller than the world record-holding petrified tree certified in Tak on Friday. Still, the petrified log is taller than the tallest known tree in Thailand, which is officially recorded at 64.2 meters and located near Ao Kian Beach in Ko Yao Noi, Phang Nga Province.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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