Pando, The Heaviest Organism On Earth

Pando, The Heaviest Organism On Earth

The heaviest organism on Earth has a name: Pando, or the Trembling Giant. It consists of around 47,000 genetically identical quaking aspen trees, and resides in Utah's Fishlake National Forest. The trees are technically a single organism united by their shared root system in a clonal colony, which sprawls for more than 100 acres, and is estimated to be anywhere from 80,000 to a million years old. Today, however, the trees are threatened by elk and deer that have been grazing on them aggressively. Learn more about the world's most impressive organisms.

What's The Biggest Organism On Earth?

Depends how you define "biggest."

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Key Facts In This Video

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    The most extensive living organism is a fungus that covers 2,385 acres in an Oregon national forest. (0:24)

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    The clonal colony of quaking aspens known as Pando weighs more than 40 blue whales. (1:05)

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    It's likely that some of the underground connections in Pando have become severed over time. (2:07)

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