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between Moro Rock and Crescent Meadow

We called this Big Boy Down.

Since Sequoias are nearly impervious to fire, disease and insect invasions (more later), they just keep getting bigger. They build bulk from the bottom and end up shaped like giant upside-down ice cream cones with the top bit off. So, according to one of the posted signs, they don't so much die as simply 'lose their balance' and topple over, always entirely unexpectedly, kaBoom, the towering giant has lost his balance.

This happens because their root system is so shallow, their only area of weakness. Very extended climate fluctuation can cause the root system to be alternately too wet or too dry, or too crowded, or people can be walking over them. That's why the park has fenced off access to the most famous trees.
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