Pando: A Metaphor for Connection
My #onegreenthing today is thinking about "Pando," the largest organism on earth.
Pando is a stand of quaking aspen in Fishlake National Forest in Utah. Scientists have determined that it is one organism - even though there is a road and campsite in the aspen stand. The 47,000 or so individual aspen clones share a root system, food, and photosynthesis. This organism is likely 80,000 to possibly one million years old. Unfortunately, climate change and uncontrolled grazing are putting Pando at risk.
Photo credit: John Zapell, US Forest Service.