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4000-year-old Cedar of Abarkouh Needs Special Care




25 August 2003


The 4000-year-old cedar of Abarkouh, in the southeastern province of Yazd, is in need of special care.

According to environmental experts, the ancient tree is considered one of the rarest natural heritage of the world and its antiquity can be a good reason for it to be registered as a natural historical heritage.

According to the mayor of Abarkouh Ali Mohammad Rastgar-Panah, studies by the natural resources department of Tehran University show that clearing the surrounding area of the ancient tree and reviving its natural ecosystem are vital for preventing its death.

"Based on a plan drown by the natural resources department of Tehran University, and in association with the Cultural Heritage Organization, the lands around the tree, now in possession of Abarkouh's municipality, are going to be converted into parks, to improve environmental conditions for revival of the tree, added Rastgar Panah.

Abarkouh’ Cedar tree is indeed among the world’s unique phenomena. Standing twenty-five meters high, this cone-like and evergreen tree has a diameter of sixteen meters.

Russian scientist, Professor Alexander, estimated its age to be about 4000 years. Some botanists have surmised it to be up to 7000 years old.


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