Born and dying civilization flared up and went out of the revolution, rose in the sky "mushrooms" nuclear explosions, and on the slopes of Mount White Mountain in California, all these millennia lived and lives pine - the oldest tree of the Earth. Know how to say it, much that is instructive, perhaps, would be able to tell. But the silent pine, and only its branches rustling in the wind.
National Park Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest (Forest of ancient pines durable) easy to reach. It lies at the side of
Road travel from the pole, high enough in the mountains and a large part of the year closed because of snow drifts. It is in this reserve are growing the most ancient trees of our planet. Their age is measured in thousands of years, and the oldest named Methuselah is now 4772 years.
Methuselah himself discovered in 1953 by scientist Edmund Schulman, who five years later published an article about him in the magazine "National Geographic." Rained down on the pine world fame nearly killed the tree, as every visitor tried to take a souvenir a piece of bark or branch. Wood has suffered greatly over the years, yet access to it was open to all and it was a plaque certifying age.