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9 of the world's most amazing trees

By: Shea Gunther on March 11, 2010, 5:24 p.m.
yellow meranti tree

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Yellow Meranti: 'Minecraft Tree'

The world's tallest known tropical tree — the height of 20 London double-decker buses or 65 people standing on each other's shoulders — was discovered recently in a rain forest in Malaysia. Nearly 294 feet high, the yellow Meranti tree is a species that can be grown in the computer game Minecraft. The only way to measure the exact height of a tree that tall is to climb it. Tree expert Unding Jami ran into problems when he reached the top, according to the University of Cambridge, which led the expedition. Jami confirmed his measurement, then texted, "I don’t have time to take photos using a good camera because there’s an eagle around that keeps trying to attack me and also lots of bees flying around.”