Too Big To Comprehend: The Largest Things On Earth

The average height of a human is five-foot-nine. Compared to other things in the world, like a 250-foot tall tree, or a cave that is 5.25 million cubic feet in volume, that is very, very small. When you learn about the largest things in the world–from buildings to animals to waterfalls–your perspective will change.

Sequoias Are The Tallest Trees Ever Known

A postcard shows a cabin amongst a forest of giant sequoia trees.
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Sequoias are the largest trees in the world, especially the ones that grow in the Sierra Nevada mountain range. On average, sequoias can grow up to 250 feet tall and 26 feet wide. However, some of these trees are even larger.

The General Sherman Tree, which is the largest tree in the world, stands at 275 feet tall and over 36 feet wide. The second tallest is the General Grant Tree at 267 feet tall and 29 feet wide. Even crazier–sequoias live up to 3,000 years old!