The giant Dinizia Excelsa tree, found in the Paru State Forest in the Amazon basin, August 21, 2019. /AFP Photo
Intrepid Brazilian and British scientists say they have located the Amazon's tallest tree in northern Brazil, untouched by a spate of wildfires that have raged in the rain forest for weeks.
According to the scientists, an unusually large specimen of the giant Dinizia Excelsa species – 88 meters with a circumference of 5.50 meters – in a sanctuary of other Dinizia trees.
"The species generally reach a height of 60 meters. We have a great discovery here and now a commitment to preserve the largest trees in the Amazon," said research coordinator Eric Bastos.
Bastos led the research conducted in August by scientists from the Federal University of the Valleys of the Jequitinhonha, and Britain's Cambridge University and the University of Swansea.
The discovery was made by using aerial sensors over Paru State Forest, which is shared by the Brazilian Amazon basin states of Amapa and Para.
The sanctuary of Dinizia Excelsa trees lies outside the areas affected by the wildfires which have caused international concern, Amapu State scientific sources told AFP.
According to National Geographic, scientists earlier this year discovered the world's tallest tropical tree, a 100-meter-tall meranti tree, in Sabah on the island of Borneo.
The tallest known trees are California redwoods, which have been measured up to 379.7 feet, or 115.7 meters.
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