At 4,841 years old, this ancient bristlecone pine is the oldest known non-clonal organism on Earth. (Located in the White Mountains of California). | Via Mother Nature Network
Tree diagram from Scientific American (1926), illustrating “A Tree of Electricity.” A bolt of lightning can pass through a tree on the way to the ground. Trees contain lots of water, which is a better electrical conductor than air. The trunk of the tree contains a higher concentration of water, just beneath the outer surface (cambium). When lightning surges through a tree, it causes the water in the tree to boil explosively, which can cause the tree to crack wide open.