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The Tree of Ténéré!

Updated on March 1, 2012
The Tree of Ténéré
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The Tree of Ténéré

Trees being fairly abundant, it seems strange that a single one can be so well-known. Some trees however become distinguished due to their historical significance. For example, the Bodhi Tree in India is where Buddha is thought to have gained enlightenment; and the Liberty Tree in 18th century Boston was a gathering place for American colonists who objected to British rule.

The Tree of Ténéré is so well known for its isolation. It was once considered the most isolated tree on Earth, being the only one for over 250 miles. It is used as a landmark on routes through the Ténéré region of the Sahara in northeast Niger by caravaners.

The Ténéré tree and the Arbre Perdu or 'lost Tree' are the only trees visible on a map at a scale of 1:4,000,000. The Ténéré tree was located near a 131 feet deep well, which presumably is how the tree thrived.

Unfortunately, in 1973 an allegedly drunk truck driver hit the tree and knocked it down. The tree died and was moved to the Niger National Museum in the capital, Niamey. It has since been replaced with a metal sculpture that represents the tree.

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