Our planet earth is filled with numerous organisms, of various shapes and sizes. The largest of these organisms is Pando, and it probably isn’t what you’d expect.
It resides here, in the state of Utah. From the outside Pando looks like an average forrest, In actuality, it’s one giant organism. Pando is what’s known as a Quaking Aspen. Quaking aspen are best thought of as a root system that sprouts up trees. Pando is a male Quaking Aspen, and the largest with a size of 106 acres, making him the largest living organism. His age is impressive as well, estimated to be around 80,000 years old, the root system of Pando is among the oldest known living organisms.
Unfortunately however, Pando is dying. The exact reason is unknown, it’s likely a combination of factors including drought, grazing and fire suppression. The Western Aspen alliance has been studying it in an effort to save it, but it’s unknown if they’ll succeed.
For now, we can still appreciate its existence, and do our best to stop other unique organisms from going extinct.