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The lonliest tree in the world
50 Degrees South Trust, Spruce tree on Campbell Island

The lonliest tree in the world

An unruly, wind-blown, 100-year-old spruce tree on subantarctic Campbell Island is possibly the world's loneliest tree. Veronika Meduna visited it earlier in December 2013 with Jonathan Palmer, who analysed its tree rings to study the environmental conditions of the past century. You can listen to the radio interview at:

http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/afternoons/audio/2580938/our-changing-world-the-world%27s-loneliest-tree

The Campbell Island Bicentennial Expedition team also measured the height of the tree to look at vertical growth over time - see Alex Fergus' blog on this at:

www.50south.org.nz/campbell-island/news/ultimate-ascent-world’s-loneliest-tree