The Last Tree Of Tenere

In Collapse Jared Diamond asks, “What did the Easter Island who cut down the last palm tree say while he was doing it?” This always seemed like a interesting and legitimate question but maybe the last tree wasn’t cut down… I found a fascinating story via BoingBoing that tells of the fate of the last tree in Tenere, in northeastern Niger. From The Last Tree of Tenere:

The Tree of Tenere, as it came to be called, had no companions for 400 km in every direction. Its roots reached nearly 40 m deep into the sand. In 1973, the tree was knocked over by a drunken Libyan truck driver.

The region of Tenere was once a lush forrest and now it is a desolate desert. Wikipedia has more information on the sad fate of the last tree of Tenere.

[tags]collapse, niger, easter island, logging, environment[/tags]

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