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Largest trees in the world
The largest trees in total volume are those which are both tall and of large diameter, and in particular, which hold a large diameter high up the trunk. Measurement is very complex, particularly if branch volume is to be included as well as the trunk volume, so measurements have only been made for a small number of trees, and generally only for the trunk. No attempt has ever been made to include root volume.

The top three species measured so far are:
- Giant Sequoia, Sequoiadendron giganteum: 1,489 m≥ (55,040 cu ft), General Sherman
- Coast Redwood, Sequoia sempervirens: 1,045 m≥ (36,890 cu ft), Del Norte Titan tree
- Kauri, Agathis australis: Tane Mahuta tree (total volume, including branches, 516 m≥/18,247 cu ft). (1)

Time to measure this totally unknown (2) Agathis australis, planted by Josť do Canto around 1850.

Notes
(1) Kauri, begin and end
The kauri is the most famous native tree in New Zealand, largely because it is among the largest trees in the world.
There are two much more important reasons than timber volume, why the kauri is special.
Two reasons related to the beginning and the end of creation:
- because it is, like these araucarias, one of the remnants of the Garden of Eden.
- because it is one of those pieces of the puzzle of what happened before on Earth, which God did not put on the table for us until the beginning of the end.

(2) Unknown giants
Currently no results with google for "Josť do Canto" "Agathis australis".
In New Zealand "the remaining giant kauris survived largely by being located in particularly dense and inhospitable bush; indeed, so impenetrable are these forests that some trees with a diameter of over 300 cm almost certainly remain to be found, most likely in Waipoua, Puketi or Omahuta Forests in Northland."

This one goes unnoticed, despite standing in the center of the largest city of the Azores, at Jardim Jose do Canto. Previously a largely unknown garden elsewhere, yet now one of the locations for "Ilha dos Amores", the program with the hightes daily ratings in portuguese TV ever since it begun being broadcasted late March 2007.

(3) The journey from beautiful to evil fables
We are now in the time where almost everyone will believe the evil fables taught as "science".
There was a time when fables were not evil. Like the northern maori fable about the two Northland giants, the Kauri tree and the cachelot, the same giants as in the Azores waters.

(4) Maori fable about the two Northland Giants
From the Auckland Museum:
Northern Maori believed the kauri to be the father of the sperm whale. Because of their huge size, both are regarded as rangatira (chiefs) of their respective realms. Moreover, their bark and skin show similiarities of texture, while kauri gum is like the ambergris found in the intestines of the whale.

In times long past, a sperm whale came ashore and spoke thus to the kauri: "Kauri! Come with me to the sea which is fresh and cool."
"No!" said the kauri. "You may like the sea but I prefer to stand here with my feet in the soil."
"All right" said the whale "then let us agree to exchange our skins."
So that is why the bark of the kauri is thin and full of resinous oil.

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