Wednesday, June 07, 2006

The Last Tree of Ténéré

From the Proceedings of the Athanasius Kircher Society, the last tree of the Ténéré wastelands of Niger:

By the 20th century, desertification had wiped out all but one solitary acacia. The Tree of Ténéré, as it came to be called, had no companions for 400 km in every direction. Its roots reached nearly 40 m deep into the sand. In 1973, the tree was knocked over by a drunken Libyan truck driver. It has been replaced by a simple metal sculpture.

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