Bristlecone pines are the oldest trees on Earth. The oldest, Methuselah, has lived more than 4,800 years.
From their perch atop the White Mountains at California's eastern edge, the bristlecones have survived as entire human civilizations have arisen and disappeared.
But there's a new threat to the bristlecone's existence, a globe-spanning emanation more menacing than anything they've faced in thousands of years.
That threat is the subject of "The Vanishing Groves," an essay by Ross Andersen that appeared in Aeon Magazine. This episode of AudioVision is adapted from an abridged version of that essay. If you liked this video, you should read it:
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Produced by Grant Slater and Mae Ryan
ORIGINAL SCORE BY
Ports Footage by Stella Kalinina
Mayfly footage by YouTube User WildWorldSeVeN
Sage Price (Also Axe Wielding)
SPECIAL THANKS TO
The Bristlecone Manor Motel
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