Sequoia National Park, California
The General Sherman Tree is the largest living thing on this planet. This giant sequoia tree is 275 feet high and is 36 feet across its base, it has a trunk volume of over 52,000 cubic feet.
Photograph by Arnold and Carole Compolongo
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In 1879, the General Sherman was named after the American Civil War general William Tecumseh Sherman, by naturalist James Wolverton, who had served as a lieutenant in the 9th Indiana Cavalry under Sherman.